Lockheed Martin has successfully integrated and flown the Joint Common Missile
instrumented measurement vehicles (IMVs) on the Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow
attack helicopter, validating the physical and environmental interface between
the missile, the M299 missile launcher and the helicopter platform.
The IMV is outfitted with sensors and instrumentation to record the environments
the missile must operate under during flights. It contains an inert warhead and
rocket motor to simulate a tactical round in flight.
Successful integration of the JCM IMVs, the combat-proven all-digital M299
launcher, and the AH-64D, characterized the vibration, shock, pressure
(acoustic) and temperature environments that JCM will experience, and proved the
airworthiness of the JCM.
The environmental flights on the Apache are the first in a series of such
integration and flight tests that will integrate JCM on the four required
platforms for the US Army, Navy and Marine Corps. The remaining collection of
environmental data on the Marines' AH-1Z Super Cobra attack helicopter, the
Navy's MH-60R/S Seahawk armed reconnaissance helicopter and the Navy's F/A-18E/F
Super Hornet jet fighter will be conducted during the remainder of 2005.
Lockheed Martin also supplies the M299 launcher to the Army for the Apache,
which has carried and fired HELLFIRE II and Longbow HELLFIRE missiles in Iraq.
JCM's aerodynamics are similar to those of HELLFIRE on Apache. Marvin
Engineering of Inglewood, California, provides the M299 hardware; the software
is produced by Lockheed Martin at its facility in Ocala, Florida.
The other two rotary-wing platforms, the Super Cobra and the Seahawk, will carry
JCM on the M59 launcher, which is a minor modification to the M299, and is
produced by Lockheed Martin and Marvin Engineering.
The JCM launcher on the Super Hornet will be the LAU-145/A dual-rail launcher,
supplied by EDO Corporation of North Amityville, New York. The launcher and JCM
models have been fit-checked and uploaded to the aircraft, and successful wind
tunnel tests have been conducted. The LAU-145/A includes a pneumatic cooling
system to provide JCM sensor cooling for the fixed-wing aircraft, and takes
advantage of the existing J-Weapon interfaces on the Hornet.
The only weapon designed to meet eight validated critical capability gaps for
the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, JCM provides fixed- and rotary-wing pilots with
a precision-strike, adverse-weather, weapon that can defeat a wide range of
stationary and moving targets with minimal collateral damage a capability
that doesn't exist today.
JCM is the next-generation, multi-purpose, air-to-ground precision missile that
will replace the HELLFIRE, Longbow and Maverick air-to-ground missiles currently
in the arsenal of the US Army and Navy. To deliver the multi-purpose warhead to
its target, the Lockheed Martin JCM includes a tri-mode seeker with imaging
infrared, semi-active laser and millimeter wave radar capabilities for active
and passive 'fire-and-forget' and precision-strike targeting.
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