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Joint Air-to-Ground Missile
Type Air-to-surface missile
Production history
Manufacturer Lockheed Martin
Produced IOC expected in 2016[1]
Specifications
Weight 108 lb
Length 70 in
Diameter 7 in

Operational
range
10 miles/16 km from rotor wing

17 miles/28 km from fixed wing

Guidance
system
uncooled/cooled imaging infrared, semi-active laser and millimetre-wave radar
Launch
platform
Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft

The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) is a U.S. military program to develop an air-to-surface missile to replace the current air-launched BGM-71 TOW, AGM-114 Hellfire and AGM-65 Maverick missiles.[2] The US Army plans to buy thousands of JAGMs.[3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) program is a follow-on from the unsuccessful AGM-169 Joint Common Missile program that was cancelled due to budget cuts. JAGM will share basically the same objectives and technologies as JCM but will be developed over a longer time scale.[4]

Launch platforms[edit | edit source]

Operators[edit | edit source]

United States: The JAGM was intended for joint service with the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps, by providing a single missile configuration for many platforms. JAGM offered the services increased operational flexibility and reduced logistics support costs.[2] However, in February 2012, the Navy and Marine Corps terminated their investment in the program, saying it was a "manageable risk" to do so. They will instead focus on the GBU-53/B SDB II and continued Hellfire procurement. This makes the JAGM an Army-only program.[5]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • June 2007: US Defense Department releases a draft request for proposals (RFP) launching a competition for the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) program, schedules industry day.[4]
  • April 2008: Raytheon and Boeing announce teaming for the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) program.[6]
  • September 2008: Lockheed Martin announced that they were awarded a $122 million technology development contract for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system. The 27-month contract, awarded by the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Command, with participation by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, is for a competitive risk-reduction phase.[7]
  • September 2008: U.S. Army Awards Raytheon-Boeing Team $125 million contract for JAGM.[8]
  • January 2010: Raytheon-Boeing team completes first JAGM captive flight test.[9]
  • March 2010: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) updates the draft request for proposal (RFP) and releases it.[10]
  • March 2010: Lockheed Martin Successfully Tests JAGM Tri-Mode Seeker.[11]
  • April 2010: Raytheon-Boeing team validates JAGM seeker during captive flight tests.[12]
  • April 2010: Lockheed Martin, Aerojet achieve JAGM rocket motor breakthrough.[13]
  • April 2010: Lockheed Martin's JAGM successfully completes Limited Dirty Battlefield/Countermeasures testing.[14]
  • April 2010: Raytheon-Boeing team fires first JAGM.[15]
  • May 2010: Lockheed Martin's JAGM successfully completes F/A-18 E/F wind tunnel tests.[16]
  • July 2010: Raytheon-Boeing Team on Target During First Government-Funded Test of JAGM[17]
  • Aug 2010: Raytheon-Boeing Team on Target During Second Government-Funded Test
  • Sep 2010: Raytheon-Boeing Team on Target During Third Government-Funded Test
  • Nov 2010: Lockheed Martin JAGM Hits Target in Multi-Mission Test[18]
  • Jan 2011: Lockheed Martin JAGM Completes Flying Qualities Test on US Navy Super Hornet[19]
Each team submitted its proposal in the spring of 2011, with contract award expected in the first quarter of 2012. However, in September the Army and Navy requested the JAGM program be terminated.[20]
  • Jan 2012: JAGM survives budget reduction plan with reduced funding.[21]
  • Aug 17, 2012: Lockheed Martin receives a $64 million contract from the U.S. Army to extend the JAGM technology development program. The 27-month extended technology development program will include design, test, and demonstration phases for the JAGM guidance section.[22]
  • Oct 22, 2012: Raytheon submits its contract proposal to continue the development of its version of the JAGM. The imaging infrared seeker requirement was previously dropped due to cost, but the Raytheon seeker is the same one used GBU-53/B SDB II, so they continued to develop their system with all three modes.[23]
  • Oct 23, 2012: Lockheed Martin successfully tested millimeter wave and semi-active laser seeker for missile at maximum range.[24]
  • Dec 6, 2012: Raytheon receives a $65 million 28-month contract to continue development of their JAGM missile and uncooled tri-mode seeker.[25]
  • April 2013: JAGM in danger of cancellation as part of budget cuts in FY 2014 budget.[26]
  • July 17, 2013: Army announces they will not award Raytheon a contract for the remainder of the Technology Development (TD) phase and will continue with Lockheed's contract.[27]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 [1].
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "ARMY RDT&E BUDGET ITEM JUSTIFICATION (R2 Exhibit) - PDF". http://www.dtic.mil/descriptivesum/Y2008/Army/0603460A.pdf. 
  3. "VIDEO: Raytheon/Boeing show JAGM direct hit". http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2010/08/17/346221/video-raytheonboeing-show-jagm-direct-hit.html. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Pentagon Plans Industry Day For Joint Air To Ground Missile - Defense Daily, Vol. 234, No. 60". http://www.industrywatch.com/pages/iw2/Story.nsp?story_id=107810071&ID=iw&scategory=Small+Business%3ATools&P=&F=&R=&VNC=hnall. 
  5. Navy out - Defenseindustrydaily.com
  6. "Raytheon News Release Archive". Raytheon.mediaroom.com. 2008-04-14. http://raytheon.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=966&pagetemplate=release. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
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  8. "Raytheon Company : Investor Relations : News Release". Investor.raytheon.com. 2008-09-22. http://investor.raytheon.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=84193&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1199211. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  9. "Raytheon-Boeing Team Completes First Joint Air-to-Ground Missile Captive Flight Test - Jan 29, 2010". Raytheon.mediaroom.com. 2010-01-29. http://raytheon.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1486&pagetemplate=release. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  10. "14-Draft Request for Proposal (RFP), number W31P4Q-10-R-A001 for a Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), System. - W31P4Q-10-R-A001 (Archived) - Federal Business Opportunities: Opportunities". Fbo.gov. https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=e2533357e1a585553a52d3aec6e7ee55&tab=core&_cview=1. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  11. [3][dead link]
  12. "Raytheon-Boeing Team Validates Joint Air-to-Ground Missile Seeker During Captive Flight Tests - Apr 15, 2010". Raytheon.mediaroom.com. 2010-04-15. http://raytheon.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1538&pagetemplate=release. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
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  15. "Raytheon Company : Investor Relations : News Release". Investor.raytheon.com. 2010-04-20. http://investor.raytheon.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=84193&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1415029&highlight=. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
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  17. "Raytheon-Boeing Team on Target During First Government-Funded Test of JAGM - Jul 26, 2010". Raytheon.mediaroom.com. http://raytheon.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1615&pagetemplate=release. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  18. [7][dead link]
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  20. Sherman, Jason (11). "Army, Navy Propose Terminating Joint Air-to-Ground Missile Program". Inside Defense. http://defensenewsstand.com/NewsStand-General/The-INSIDER-Free-Article/army-navy-propose-terminating-joint-air-to-ground-missile-program/menu-id-720.html. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  21. "US budget cuts-Flightglobal-Jan 26, 2012". Flightglobal.com. 2012-01-26. http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/pentagon-slashes-fighters-squadrons-airlifters-in-new-budget-proposal-367457/. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  22. Lockheed Martin Awarded $64 Million JAGM Contract For Extended Technology Development. Lockheed press release, Aug. 17, 2012
  23. Raytheon submits JAGM contact proposal. Flightglobal.com, October 23, 2012
  24. Lockheed Martin Demonstrates JAGM Dual-Mode Seeker. Lockheed press release, October 23, 2012
  25. US Army awards JAGM continued technology development contract - Army-Technology.com, December 6, 2012
  26. Obama plan would end anti-tank missile - Orlandosentinel.com, 14 April 2013
  27. US Army to move ahead with Lockheed Martin JAGM - Janes.com, 18 July 2013

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