Lockheed Martin and Raytheon-Boeing JGAM Flight Tests
Watch the U.S Army’s new Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile in action…
In 2007 the US Defense Department requested proposals for a new Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile to replace the replace the current BGM-71 TOW, AGM-114 Hellfire and AGM-65 Maverick missiles.
Now in 2010, competing contractors Lockheed Martin and Raytheon/Boeing – both of which were awarded a $120 million for the development of the JGAM in 2008 – have released videos of the first JAGM flight tests.
The JGAM program calls for a cost-effective, air-to-surface missile for rotary and fixed wing platforms, designed to defeat moving and stationary targets at extended ranges in all weather conditions. In order to do this, both versions of the JAGM are guided by a semi-active laser (SAL) sensor and utilize a Tri-Mode Seeker to track targets no matter what the weather.
The JAGM will be launched from a variety of aircraft including the Super Hornet (F/A-18 E/F), Apache Longbow (AH-64D), Seahawk (MH-60R), Super Cobra (AH-1Z), Extended-Range Multi-Purpose UAV (ERMP), Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) and Warrior Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
In Lockheed Martin’s tests, conducted on August the 2nd, the JAGM was launched from a static rail to successfully destroy a target 16km away.
The Raytheon/Boeing system, which features a Boeing body and warhead, as well as a Raytheon Tri-Mode Seeker, was successfully tested on 23rd June.
A winner of the Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile contract will be announced by the end of the year.
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