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The FGM-148 Javelin is a 127 mm anti-tank missile launcher featured in both ArmA: Armed Assault and ArmA 2.


ArmA: Armed Assault

« The Javelin is a manportable fire-and-forget infantry anti-tank munition designed to penetrate the armor of today’s heavily armored Main Battle Tanks. The Javelin has replaced the Dragon system in US Army and Marine Corps service.
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Javelin Launcher
Arma2-icon-javelin.png
Faction Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Type Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
Diameter 127 mm
Magazine
capacity
1
Variants None
Games
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The FGM-148 Javelin 127 mm missile launcher.

The Javelin Launcher is used exclusively by U.S. Army forces in ArmA: Armed Assault.

Overview

The Javelin is a portable fire-and-forget, infrared-guided, anti-tank guided missile launcher.

It can only load 127 mm missiles fitted with high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) tandem warheads, and is capable of striking ground targets at ranges of up to 2,000 metres. The launcher is fitted with a Command Launch Unit (CLU) that can toggle between two magnification zoom modes.

Designed to burn through the heavy armour of Main Battle Tanks, the Javelin is an extremely powerful (but cumbersome) AT weapon that can instantly destroy most non-MBT vehicles in a single hit.

As the sole shoulder-launched ATGM in Armed Assault, the Javelin naturally possesses many advantages over the shorter-ranged and unguided M136 rocket launcher. Whereas the latter only provides the user with a simple ironsight to aim with, the Javelin's CLU features an optical sight that can zoomed in and out at the press of a button.

Damage-wise, the HEAT missile can inflict almost twice the amount of damage of the RPG-7V's PG-7VR grenade. Lastly, the Javelin is more than capable of hitting vehicles at more than three times the maximum firing range of either launcher, which makes it the premier AT launcher in Armed Assault.


Munitions

Javelin Missile

The Javelin Launcher only supports one type of missile. It requires six inventory slots to carry:

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive / Kinetic 800

The missile is always launched with an initial velocity of 5 m/s and takes a further 5 seconds to reach a maximum speed of 200 m/s in flight. The warhead has a blast radius of 2 metres.


Trivia

  • Armed Assault's Javelin is unrealistically shown using the same reloading animation as the RPG-7V. Although the real-world Javelin system is designed to be reusable, only the CLU is retained while the tube is discarded and replaced with a fresh one.
    • Oddly enough, the CLU itself is shown disappearing immediately after a missile is launched.

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ArmA 2

« The Javelin is a manportable fire-and-forget infantry anti-tank munition designed to penetrate the armor of today’s heavily armored Main Battle Tanks. The Javelin has replaced the Dragon system in US Army and Marine Corps service.
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FGM-148 Javelin
Arma2-icon-javelin.png
Faction Icon-side-blufor.png USMC
Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Icon-side-blufor.png British Army
Type Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
Diameter 127 mm
Magazine
capacity
1
Variants None
Games
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The FGM-148 Javelin 127 mm missile launcher.

The FGM-148 Javelin is used by both the U.S. Marines and U.S. Army forces, as well as with the British Army in ArmA 2.

Overview

The Javelin still serves as the heavy AT launcher of U.S. military forces, as well as with the British Army where it is used alongside the smaller and lighter NLAW.

It continues to load 127 mm missiles fitted with tandem HEAT warheads, and is capable of striking ground targets at distances of up to 2,000 metres. The launcher's CLU has a magnification strength of 2x, but can now toggle between normal day, night, and black/white-hot thermal vision modes.

When it comes to raw firepower, the Javelin is unrivalled even when compared to its shoulder-launched Russian counterpart. It doesn't need to be manually guided to its target, and only requires three seconds to acquire and lock onto any ground vehicles with an active infrared signature.

Once launched, the Javelin's missile is almost always guaranteed to score a hit, even if the target activates defensive smoke countermeasures.

The Javelin is best employed in two-man teams, with one member acting as a spotter while also carrying an additional missile for the main operator.

Despite all its strengths however, the Javelin also possesses several drawbacks that prevent it from being used against anything other than MBTs. For starters, each missile takes up to six inventory slots to carry which basically restricts the Javelin to a single-use, unless the operator decides to forgo carrying ammunition for their primary weapon altogether or if there is a second team member ready to haul an extra missile.

Secondly, the Javelin's HEAT warhead is designed specifically to punch through vehicle armour and has a very tiny blast radius on impact. It also cannot be guided manually via SACLOS, which makes it practically useless against infantry since the user cannot accurately gauge the distance to a target manually, unlike the MAAWS rocket launcher which has a step-scope reticle for this purpose.

Lastly, the Javelin uses an arched flight trajectory as opposed to a straight one like the NLAW, which makes missing targets that are at close distances (under 150 metres) very likely. This is because it tends to overfly its target at such ranges, and will not be able to change its heading in time before impacting onto something else other than its intended target.

Regardless of these downsides, the Javelin still remains as the premier heavy AT weapon in ArmA 2. There is simply no better substitute for the Javelin at doing what it does best: turning enemy tanks into scrap metal. In a defensive position with plenty of missiles to spare, a single Javelin team can put a stop to any armoured offensive with ease.


Munitions

Javelin Missile

The Javelin supports a single missile type. It occupies six primary weapon magazine slots:

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive / Kinetic 800

The missile is soft-launched and takes at least 0.3 seconds for its motor to ignite. The motor will continue gaining thrust (starting at 20 m/s) over the course of 5 seconds to gain a top speed of 430 m/s. The warhead itself has a blast radius of just 2 metres.


Trivia

  • As in Armed Assault, the CLU on ArmA 2 Javelins still disappear immediately after firing. Similarly, it is incorrectly "reloaded" in the same way as the RPG-7V.
  • Initially, the Javelin did not have the ability to toggle thermal vision modes until the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.
  • Like the British NLAW, the in-game Javelin lacks the ability to make use of a top-attack guidance mode and can only use direct fire.

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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA: Armed Assault
Handguns M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mm
Submachine guns MP5A5 9 mm
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mmM4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 GL, M4, M4 GL)
Assault rifles AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 + GP-25, AKS-74 PSO) • G36 series (G36, G36C, G36K) • M16A2 5.56 mm (M16A2 + M203) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203)
Designated marksman rifles Mk12 SPR 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles KSVK 12.7 mmM107 .50M24 7.62 mmSVD Dragunov 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machine guns M240 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers 6G30
Launchers 9K32 StrelaFIM-92F StingerJavelin LauncherM136RPG-7V
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMM2M119A1Mk. 19Searchlight
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Queen's Gambit
OFP-factionicon-unitedstates.png U.S. Army - Armoury (ArmA: Armed Assault)
Handguns M9 9 mm
Submachine guns MP5A5 9 mm
Carbines G36 series (G36C, G36K) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 GL, M4, M4 GL)
Assault rifles G36 5.56 mmM16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203)
Designated marksman rifles Mk12 SPR 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles M107 .50M24 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns M240 7.62 mm
Launchers FIM-92F StingerJavelin LauncherM136
Static M2M119A1Mk. 19Searchlight
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Weapons of ArmA 2
Handguns CZ 75 9 mmG17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mmRevolver .45
Submachine guns CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 9 mmMP5 9 mmPDW 9 mmPP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Shotguns M1014Saiga 12KAA-12
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm* • G36 series* (G36C*, G36K*) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203, M4A3, M4A3 M203) • Mk16 CQC 5.56 mmXM8 Compact 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-107 5.45 mm (AK-107 GP-25) • AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25*, AKS-74*) • AKM 7.62 mmAKS 7.62 mm* • CZ 805 BREN A1 5.56 mm (CZ 805 A1 G1, CZ 805 BREN A2, CZ 805 B1 G1) • FN FAL 7.62 mmG36A 5.56 mm* • L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL) • M16A2 5.56 mm* (M16A2 M203*) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203) • SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM) • Sa-58 7.62 mmXM8 series (XM8, XM8 M320)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmL86A2 LSW 5.56 mmM14 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mmVSS Vintorez 9 mmXM8 Sharpshooter 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles AS50 12.7 mmCZ 550 9.3 mmCZ 750 S1 M1 .308KSVK 12.7 mm* • Lee-Enfield .303LRR .338M107 .50* • M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm* (M40A3) • SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm*
Squad automatic weapons L110A1 5.56 mmM249 SAW 5.56 mm* • MG36 5.56 mm* • RPK-74 5.45 mmXM8 Automatic Rifle 5.56 mm
Machine guns L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mmMk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mm* • M240 7.62 mm* • M60E4 7.62 mmPKP 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mmUK-59 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32M79Mk13
Launchers 9K32 Strela-29K38 Igla9K115-2 Metis-MFGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136M47 DragonMAAWSNLAWRPG-7VRPG-18SMAW
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMIgla AA PodKORDL111A1L134A1M119A1M2M252Mk19Metis AT-132B14 PodnosRBS-70SearchlightSPG-9StingerTOWZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic
Arma2-factionicon-usmc.png USMC - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns M1911 .45M9 9 mm
Submachine guns MP5 9 mm
Shotguns M1014
Carbines M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203)
Assault rifles M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles M107 .50M24 7.62 mm (M40A3)
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns Mk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mmM240 7.62 mm
Launchers FGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136SMAW
Static M2M252Mk19M119A1SearchlightStingerTOW
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Arma2-factionicon-usarmy.png U.S. Army - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns G17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mm
Submachine guns PDW 9 mm
Shotguns M1014
Carbines Mk16 CQC 5.56 mm
Assault rifles SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM)
Designated marksman rifles M14 7.62 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles M107 .50M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns Mk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mmM240 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32Mk13
Launchers FGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136MAAWS
Static M2M252Mk19M119A1SearchlightStingerTOW
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Operation Arrowhead
Arma2-factionicon-britisharmy.png British Army - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns M1911 .45
Assault rifles L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL)
Designated marksman rifles L86A2 LSW 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles AS50 12.7 mmLRR .338
Squad automatic weapons L110A1 5.56 mm
Machineguns L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mm
Launchers FGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerNLAW
Static L111A1L134A1
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
British Armed Forces
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