Lockheed Martin to Increase Production of New Joint Air-to-Ground Missiles

 In GDI, USA, Land, Defense, Sea, Air

Pentagon’s No.1 weapons sup­pli­er Lockheed Martin Corp will increase the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile pro­duc­tion, accord­ing to the recent award of the U.S. Army Contracting Command.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Friday a $15,5 mil­lion mod­i­fi­ca­tion to the pre­vi­ous­ly award­ed con­tract for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile, or also know as JAGM, pro­duc­tion line for a rate ramp increase of 50 to 100 mis­siles per month.

Work will be per­formed in Orlando, Florida, with an esti­mat­ed com­ple­tion date of March 30, 2022.

The JAGM designed to ulti­mate­ly replace the iconic Hellfire mis­sile that earned fear­some acclaim on the AH-64 Apache attack heli­copter. It is a pre­ci­sion-guided muni­tion for use against high-value sta­tion­ary, moving, and relo­cat­able land and mar­itime tar­gets. JAGM uti­lizes a multi-mode seeker to pro­vide pre­ci­sion point and fire-and-forget tar­get­ing day or night in adverse weath­er, bat­tle­field obscured con­di­tions and against a vari­ety of coun­ter­mea­sures. A multi-pur­pose war­head pro­vides lethal effects against a range of target types, from armored vehi­cles, thin-skinned vehi­cles, and mar­itime patrol craft to urban struc­tures and field for­ti­fi­ca­tions. JAGM deliv­ers the Joint Services a single air-to-ground mis­sile with improved lethal­i­ty, oper­a­tional flex­i­bil­i­ty, and a reduced logis­tics foot­print.

JAGM uti­lizes a multi-mode seeker to pro­vide pre­ci­sion point and fire-and-forget tar­get­ing day or night in adverse weath­er, bat­tle­field obscured con­di­tions, and against a vari­ety of coun­ter­mea­sures. A mul­ti­pur­pose war­head pro­vides lethal effects against a range of target types, from armored vehi­cles, thin-skinned vehi­cles, and mar­itime patrol craft to urban struc­tures and field for­ti­fi­ca­tions.

JAGM boasts the abil­i­ty to use a semi-active laser (SAL) or radiofre­quen­cy (RF) as a means of guid­ing it to target. Moreover, the crew can switch modes within sec­onds as a combat sce­nario evolves.

JAGM lever­ages the field­ed and combat-proven HELLFIRE II Romeo (AGM-114R) propul­sion, war­head and con­trol sec­tions. The JAGM system will be com­pat­i­ble with all joint rotary-wing and fixed wing air­craft that are com­pat­i­ble with the HELLFIRE II mis­sile.

JAGM is loaded onto an AH64E Apache attack heli­copter. Photo by Mr. William C. Beach

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Source: Defence Blog

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