The US State Department on Tuesday approved the sale of 120 Javelin FGM-148 missiles and 24 Javelin Block 1 Command Launch Unit (CLU) retrofit kits and related equipment to Norway. The estimated cost is $36 million. The principal supplier will be the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin joint venture.
According to a statement by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, this proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a NATO ally which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe. Norway intends to use the requested armaments to upgrade and increase its current inventory of anti-tank missiles. These articles will be used in defense operations for both Norway and NATO-led operations. The proposed sale is expected to improve Norway’s capability to meet current and future threats by boosting the country's anti-tank capability and continuing to enhance its surface-to- surface missile capability. In addition, this proposed sale is expected to allow Norway to employ its armed forces more effectively in the ground domain and continue its defensive support of NATO’s northern flank. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region, the statement said.