Lockheed-Martin's Joint Common Missile (JCM) multi-target warhead and fuze have
been successfully demonstrated in a series of warhead penetration tests at the
Redstone Technical Test Center, Alabama.
The four test were aimed at demonstrating JCM missile's ability to penetrate and
destroy Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) targets. The tests
simulating tactical scenarios included detonation of the precursor warhead,
penetration of a brick-over-block wall, and emergence of the intact warhead in
an interior space.
Test missiles were launched using an air-gun and propelled at velocities ranging
from 574 to 902 feet-per-second (391 to 615 miles-per-hour or 630 to 990 km/h)
and at obliquity angles of 30 and 45 degrees. The main warhead case and the
fairing module came through the wall near intact. Thus a detonation inside the
urban fortification is possible through the time-delayed fuze. The tests data
matched earlier simulations predictions and achieved all the pre-planned
This tests campaign is part of SDD Phase 1 contract. The JCM is the next
generation anti-tank weapon for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft with around
54,000 missiles expected to be procured by joint services. The United Kingdom
has also expressed interest in the new weapon which will replace Hellfire and
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