Air-Launched Weapons

Raytheon contracted for extended-range JSOW test

09 June 2017

Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Navy (USN) to test an extended-range (ER) variant of the air-launched AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW).

The USD8.86 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract will see the company conduct a flight test demonstration of the powered JSOW C-1 All-Up-Round (AUR) before the end of March 2018.

The JSOW is a medium-range, air-to-surface, precision-guided glide weapon employing a GPS/inertial navigation system and a terminal imaging infrared seeker. The JSOW C-1 variant, which achieved initial operational capability with the USN in 2016, adds a two-way Link 16 Strike Weapon Data Link and upgraded seeker software to meet the navy's requirements for a network-enabled weapon capable of precisely striking moving maritime targets at ranges of up to approximately 70 n miles (129.6 km).

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