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Origin: United States of America
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Description: The Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) is a modular, family of low-cost weapons designed for high precision strikes from well beyond enemy air defenses. The 3 baseline models carry several submunitions as the warhead or unitary blast fragmentation and penetration warheads. These warheads array enable JSOW gliders to attack soft area targets, armored vehicles and hardened point targets. JSOW also features low-signature/stealth design to engage actively defended targets.
The JSOW weapon variants are guided to the target by a GPS and INS aided navigation system. Target position can be updated by the launch aircraft or a third party through JSOW's on-board communication system. The C model is the only one provided with a seeker to be used in the terminal phase of the flight. The modular design allows future growth incorporating new sensors, warheads and submunitions. AGM-154's back section can accommodate a turbojet for extended range up to 220 kilometers.
Since 1999 the JSOW weapon has been employed successfully during military operations Southern Watch, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom (2002) and Iraqi Freedom (2003). The F-16, F/A-18, B-1, B-2, B-52, F-15E, F-35 and many other aircraft are compatible with the JSOW weapon. Total production for the US military is planned in excess of 20,000 units.
The AGM-154A-1 model is a variant of AGM-154A model armed with an unitary warhead instead of cluster munitions for minimized collateral damage. The unitary warhead provided by Raytheon for the AGM-154A-1 was the 500-pound (250 kg) BLU-111 (MK-82). Unitary JSOW-A development is expected to be complete in early 2006 with the weapon available thereafter for the international market.
In April 2006 (4/6/2006) Raytheon received the first JSOW international procurement contract on behalf of Turkey through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The contract was issued by the US Naval Air Systems Command. Turkey was purchasing both AGM-154C equipped with Broach warhead and AGM-154A-1 equipped with the BLU-111 warhead to be integrated into its F-16 aircraft.
In late August 2006, Raytheon was awarded a modification contract worth $11.3 million for the supply of 50 AGM-154A-1, 54 AGM-154C, one AGM-154 dummy air training missile, and 150 containers. These missiles were ordered on behalf of the government of Turkey and the contract completion was slated for April 2008.
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