Lockheed Martin’s JAGM Successfully Engages Targets in Latest Test Flights
Lockheed Martin has successfully engaged two laser-designated stationary targets with advanced laser-guided joint air-to-ground missiles (JAGM) during recent test flights at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
During the first flight test, the missile flew for 2.5 miles until it identified the target using its semi-active laser for precision strike, ultimately hitting the stationary target. During the second flight test, the missile engaged its millimeter wave radar to simultaneously track the target in flight, successfully hitting the target. These test flights were sponsored by the United States government with the effort to further the United States Army’s technology development program, and consequently, increase the survivability of soldiers on the ground combatting against moving and stationary targets in a variety of different weather conditions.
“These flight tests demonstrate the maturity of Lockheed Martin's JAGM design and prove our risk-mitigation success and readiness for production,” said Frank John, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Tactical Missiles and Combat Maneuver Systems vice president. “Our innovative, affordable JAGM solution will provide operational flexibility and combat effectiveness, keeping the warfighter ahead of the threat."
The joint air-to-ground missiles have been designed to engage stationary and moving air-defense units, artillery, armor, patrol crafts, launchers, transporter erectors, radar sights, bunkers, command and control nodes, as well as other urban terrain and complex structures. The JAGM is intended to be compatible with Hellfire platforms, with its primary focus for use on the Army’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopter as well as the MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system. The JAGM is anticipated to replace three already existing missiles, including the AGM-114 Hellfire, BGM-71 TOW, and the AGM-65 Maverick. This new missile comes equipped with the capability to fire-and-forget; this is a type of missile guidance which can hit targets without the need for guidance after launch or the launcher being in line-of-sight of the target.
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