U.S. approves sale of Javanese missiles to Lithuania amid heightened tensions in Russia

During the Expert Infantryman Badge training at Fort Campbell on December 5, 2019, US Army soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division will train on the Javelin Melee Combat Missile System. (Brian Woolston / Reuters)

Washington — The Pentagon has approved a potential deal of up to $ 125 million worth of Javelin anti-tank missiles with the Lithuanian government, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Russia is rallying troops along the border with Ukraine, and tensions are rising in Eastern Europe, so a sale will take place. In October, the Biden administration sent javelins to Ukraine, the US embassy in Kiev said on Twitter.

According to the Pentagon, the total package of the Javelin anti-tank missile will include 341 FGM-148F weapons, 30 command launch units, spares and technical support.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on Tuesday of a possible sale.

The Pentagon said the proposed sale would “help Lithuania build long-term defense capabilities to protect sovereignty and territorial integrity in order to meet defense requirements.”

Despite approval by the State Department, the notice does not indicate that the contract has been signed or that negotiations have ended.

The Pentagon said Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies are the prime contractors for weapons.

Mike stone