TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's
unitary/penetration variant of Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW-C) has completed
operational test (OT) firings with nine of 10 shots successful against a wide
range of targets. JSOW-C was developed by a team that includes the U.S. Navy,
Raytheon, BAE Systems and Thales Missile Electronics.
"JSOW-C will be a significant addition to the warfighting capability of
the Navy and Marine Corps," said Capt. David Dunaway, the Navy's JSOW program
manager. "We look forward to the fleet introduction of JSOW unitary."
JSOW-C incorporates a Raytheon-developed uncooled, long-wave infrared
seeker with automatic target acquisition algorithms, providing the Navy a
launch-and-leave weapon with a long-range standoff precision strike
capability. JSOW-C will be the first U.S. weapon to incorporate the two stage
broach blast fragmentation/penetration warhead, developed by the United
Kingdom's BAE Systems. Thales provides the fuze. JSOW-C has a unique
capability for a glide weapon in its ability to attack a hardened target in a
Operational testing took place primarily at the Naval Air Systems
Command's Pacific Land Range at China Lake, Calif. OT tests the entire weapon
system under fleet Navy and Marine Corps operational conditions. Delivery
began this month of the first production missiles ordered under a previous
low-rate initial production contract in July, 2003.
JSOW-C was tested against a wide array of targets ranging from radar sites
to caves and hardened bunkers including targets where concealment and other
methods were used to attempt to deceive the missile. "We are very pleased with
the success of the JSOW OT firings," said Ron Shields, Raytheon's JSOW program
director. "The performance of our weapon against the concealment and deception
JSOW is a joint Navy and Air Force program. It is a family of low-cost,
highly survivable, air-to-ground weapons employing an integrated Global
Positioning System/Inertial Navigation system that guides the weapon to the
target. More than 400 JSOW-As have been used in combat operations to date.
The JSOW family uses a common and modular weapon body capable of carrying
a variety of payloads and handling multiple munitions. Its long standoff range
of up to 70 nautical miles allows delivery from well outside the lethal range
of most enemy air defenses. The AGM-154A (also called JSOW-A) variant
dispenses BLU-97 combined-effect bomblets for use against soft and area
targets. It is produced for use on the F/A-18, F-16, F-15E, B-1, B-2 and B-52
aircraft. The AGM-154C (JSOW-C) is currently being produced for Navy F/A-18s
and has been selected by Poland for use on its F-16s. The Navy/Raytheon team
is developing a Block II configuration of the JSOW weapon system that provides
significant cost reductions to all JSOW versions. The first Block II
configuration weapons will be delivered in 2007. Additionally, other JSOW
improvements are under way to add anti-ship capability, reduce unexploded
ordnance concerns, hit moving targets, provide bomb hit indication, provide
network capability and further reduce costs.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an
industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information
technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft.
With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.
Alan D. Fischer
SOURCE: Raytheon Company
Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/