Teams from theÂ U.S. Army have completed training for a newÂ weapon system as part of theÂ Atlantic Resolve effort that aims toÂ rotate troops within theÂ European theater to protect NATO allies within the region.
The Army said TuesdayÂ the teams underwent 40 hours of training on using theÂ Javelin system through a computer-based basic skills trainer that allows for virtual practice sessions without the use of actual munitions.
The trainer system also enabled soldiers to experience using the Javelin in simulated environments representing current locations in Europe.
The sessions included misfire and malfunction scenarios to evaluate the soldiers’ capacities to react and address such problems.
Jointly developed by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, theÂ Javelin was designed as aÂ shoulder-fired anti-armor weapon built with aÂ self-guiding tracking system and the capacity to fire at ranges covering thousands of meters.
The weapon was made to be used against armored vehicles, tanks, caves and bunkers.