Air-Launched Weapons

US Navy begins JAGM flight-testing on AH-1Z Viper

18 January 2018

The US Navy (USN) on 5 December 2017 conducted the first flight test of the Lockheed Martin Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) on a US Marine Corps (USMC) AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

According to a US Naval Air Systems Command report released on 9 January 2018, “During the flight, aircrew aboard the AH-1Z navigated the missile through various operational modes and exercised its active seeker to search and/or acquire targets, demonstrating its compatibility with the aircraft.”

USN Captain Mitch Commerford, Direct and Time Sensitive Strike (PMA-242) program manager, who supervises the USN’s JAGM programme, told Jane’s that an inert missile was tested against a target board to verify “aircraft-missile-laser operations”.

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