Raytheon Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 Completes Captive-Flight Test Series
JSOW C-1 will be the first networked air-launched, anti-ship weapon in U.S. inventory
PARIS, June 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy completed a series of captive-flight tests on Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Joint Standoff Weapon C-1, putting the warfighter one step closer to gaining a net-enabled standoff weapon with moving maritime target capability.
JSOW is a family of low-cost, air-to-surface weapons that employs an integrated GPS-inertial navigation system and terminal imaging infrared seeker and guides the weapon to the target. JSOW C-1 adds a moving maritime target capability and a two-way strike common weapon datalink to the combat-proven weapon.
"These tests pave the way for a JSOW C-1 free-flight test later this year," said Phyllis McEnroe, Raytheon's JSOW program director. "JSOW C-1 is the only air-launched weapon in production that enables the warfighter to engage moving ships over the horizon, and it's approved for export."
Conducted on an F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, the tests demonstrated the weapon's ability to detect and track moving targets, provide in-flight updates, re-target in flight, and handoff in-flight control to a third party source.
"Accurately striking moving maritime targets using standoff weapons is a critical warfighter capability," said Lt. Cdr. Samuel Hanaki, U.S. Navy's Precision Strike Weapons program office. "When JSOW C-1 reaches initial operational capability in 2013, the warfighter will have an air-launched, net-enabled weapon that gives them greater effectiveness at sea and in the littorals."
Raytheon Company, with 2010 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 89 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 72,000 people worldwide.
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