JSOW-C Completes Operational Test

Released on Tuesday, December 14, 2004
United States of America
COMOPTEVFOR - Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force
JSOW - Joint Stand-Off Weapon
LRIP - Low Rate Initial Production
OT - Operational Testing
The US Navy has given Raytheon's Joint Standoff Weapon C (JSOW-C) unitary penetration variant the assessment of 'suitable and effective' following completion of operational testing (OT) firings scoring 10 successful shots out of 11 against a wide range of targets.

The assessment was awarded from the Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR) which conducted the operational testing firings involving the JSOW-C weapon. The weapon was developed by a team including the US Navy, Raytheon, BAE Systems and Thales Missile Electronics.

The JSOW-C or JSOW unitary is expected to be deployed to the fleet, joining the US Navy inventory, early in 2005. The weapon incorporates a Raytheon-developed uncooled, long-wave infrared seeker with automatic target acquisition algorithms, providing the Navy a launch-and-leave weapon with a long range standoff precision strike capability. By the way, BAE's two stage BROACH blast fragmentation/penetration warhead will be integrated into a US-made weapon for the first time. Thales provides the fuse.

In addition to these capabilities, JSOW unitary glide weapon will be able to attack a hardened target in a near horizontal mode. The testing and evaluation campaign was carried out primarily at the Naval Air Systems Command's Pacific Land Range at China Lake, California. The surrogate targets during OT ranging from radar sites to caves and hardened bunkers were used to attempt to deceive the missile.

JSOW-C unitary full rate production decision is expected in the next few months. The first low rate initial production (LRIP) missiles ordered in July 2003 were delivered to the US Navy in September 2004. As of 2004, Poland remains as the sole international customer for the weapon.


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