Javelin Surface-to-Air Missile
Detachments of army personnel, armed with Javelin surface-to-air systems like these, served aboard Canadian ships during the Gulf War.
After locating a hostile aircraft, the missile operator fired the weapon and kept the sight (top centre) pointed at the target in order to guide the missile to a hit. The Javelin system complemented the significant upgrades to the armament and equipment of Canadian warships sent to the Persian Gulf. Intended to help counter the potential threat from Iraqi aircraft, the Javelin was hastily purchased to replace the existing Blowpipe surface-to-air missile system that failed last-minute tests during preparations for the deployment to the Gulf.
Missile, Solid Fuel Surface-to-air, Javelin GL