Raytheon-Boeing Team Validates Joint Air-to-Ground Missile Seeker During Captive Flight Tests
TUCSON, Ariz., April 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) completed a second series of captive flight tests for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile competition.
"This test proved that all modes of the Raytheon-designed seeker work properly, and that the JAGM seeker can transfer back and forth between the two hardest modes – imaging infrared and millimeter wave," said Bob Francois, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Advanced Missiles and Unmanned Systems product line. "With the latest tests under our belt, we are well on the way to conducting seeker tests in a countermeasure-intensive environment."
JAGM will replace three legacy missiles currently in the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps inventory. The Raytheon-Boeing team's JAGM features a Boeing body, a Boeing warhead and a Raytheon tri-mode seeker. The tri-mode seeker leverages technology used on Raytheon's GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II. The tri-mode seeker enables JAGM to attack a variety of fixed and moving targets in all weather conditions.
"Raytheon's expertise in advanced guidance-seeker technology combined with Boeing's proficiency in integrating weapons on platforms like the AH-64D Apache Longbow make our JAGM the best choice for the warfighter," said Carl Avila, Boeing's director of Advanced Weapons and Missile Systems. "By leveraging proven components from both companies, the Raytheon-Boeing team will be able to provide the warfighter a reliable, best-value solution."
Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.
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