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
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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