Saudi Arabia has ordered a second, larger consignment of the Raytheon AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) glide bomb in an apparent reflection of its utility in Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) operations over Yemen.
The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 12 December that it had awarded Raytheon Missile Systems a USD302 million contract to deliver 618 JSOWs for Saudi Arabia. The contract is expected to be completed by June 2022.
This follows a USD180 million contract awarded in July 2015 to deliver 355 JSOWs for Saudi Arabia by April 2018.
Since then, the RSAF has been heavily engaged in the air campaign against Yemen’s rebel alliance.