Last updated: Friday Apr 15, 2016 – 01:21 UTC
The Redstone Test Center is playing host to the engineering and development phase of the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM). So far, the missile completed tests on its guidance section which included captive flight testing, tower testing, and environmental testing. The JAGM will now enter the Product Qualification Test (PQT) phase which will see the weapon carried on the Grey Eagle unmanned aerial system (UAS) and AH-64 Apache helicopter for flight testing.
The AGM-114 Hellfire missile remains a mainstay for the US military and its allies around the world, and efforts to replace it have repeatedly stalled. The Joint Common Missile (JCM) was meant to offer new guidance options, and use on fast jets as well as helicopters and UAVs. It performed well, but was canceled. It returned from the procurement dead as JAGM, a program that has undergone several major changes within itself. While other air forces field fast-jet solutions like MBDA’s Brimstone, JAGM will initially be limited to helicopters and UAVs, as a dual-mode guidance upgrade to current model Hellfire missiles.
Source Defense Industry Daily
Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM)
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. The US Army, Navy and Marine Corps plan to buy thousands of JAGMs. Source wikipedia.org
(Multi-Mode JAGM with Hellfire Missile Bus)
|Range||0.3 to 4.9+ miles/0.5 to 8+km|
|Warhead||Multi-purpose, cockpit-selectable, tandem, shaped charge, blast fragmentation|
|Weight||112 lbs/50.8 kg|
|Length||70 inch/177.8 cm|
|Diameter||7 inch/17.8 cm|
Lockheed Martin/Marvin M299 and M310 missile launchers
$8 Billion ‘next generation’ air-to-ground missile isn’t an improvement yet, IG says: Here
The declassified, lightly redacted report, published Thursday, says that “increment one” of the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) — a weapon that’s been in development since 1999 — “will not provide critical capabilities needed by the warfighter,” including “the capability to launch missiles from fixed-wing aircraft; strike targets from longer distances; and increase the accuracy, lethality, and interoperability over existing air-to-ground missiles.”
New missile enters engineering, development
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 7:34 am
Lockheed Martin gets go-ahead to develop new Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM): Here
Lockheed Martin is developing the JAGM for launch from the Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, the Army MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Navy MH-60R helicopter, and the Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter.
The Lockheed Martin JAGM has a multi-mode guidance section with semi-active laser (SAL) sensor for precision-strike and a fire-and-forget millimeter wave (MMW) radar for moving targets in all-weather conditions.
JAGM can engage several different stationary and moving targets in the bad weather, smoke and dust, and advanced countermeasures. Laser and radar guided engagement modes enable JAGM to strike accurately and reduce collateral damage, Lockheed Martin officials say.