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Also Known As: Joint StandOff Weapon, JSOW unitary and JSOW-C
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-154C carries the Mk 82 250 kilograms warhead (or penetration BLU-111/B warhead) with penetration and blast fragmentation effects to destroy hardened point targets. The C model has an uncooled, long wave IR seeker with automatic target acquisition algorithms to better achieve its target in the terminal phase of the flight. It has been designed to meet the requirements of the US Navy.
JSOW-C or JSOW unitary incorporates two-stage BAE Systems' Broach blast fragmentation/penetration warhead. Thales will provide the fuze. The JSOW glider will be capable of attacking hardened targets (radar sites, caves and hardened bunkers) in a near horizontal mode. Operational test and evaluation was completed in September 2004 at China Lake, California, and was assessed 'suitable and effective' December that year by COMOPTEVFOR.
The Department of Defense awarded Raytheon a $57 million contract for full rate production of JSOW-C unitary weapon on 6 January 2005. The decision came after the weapon completed a highly successful series of tests. The Navy aim was to buy 189 JSOW-Cs under this contract. As of January 2005, C-variant was already integrated on F/A-18C/D/E/F aircraft and was fully compatible with F-35 JSF, F-15 Eagle, F-16C/D, B-1, B-2 and B-52.
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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