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|Raytheon, US Navy begin JSOW C-1 integrated testing|
POINT MUGU SEA TEST RANGE, Calif.,
"This flight test further demonstrates that JSOW C-1 can receive third party target updates in-flight, retarget after release, and strike a precise point on a moving ship using the weapon's autonomous terminal seeker," said Cmdr.
The test presented two maneuvering ships (large and small) as potential targets. Before weapon release, a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet targeted the smaller ship, and then handed off weapon control to a second Super Hornet also targeting the smaller ship. After release from the first Super Hornet, the JSOW C-1 was guided by the second Super Hornet toward the smaller maneuvering ship target located 90 kilometers from launch point.
While in flight, the JSOW was retargeted by the second Super Hornet to the larger maneuvering ship target. The JSOW provided weapon in-flight track and bomb hit indication status messages back to the controlling Super Hornet while successfully engaging the larger target ship. The test validated JSOW C-1's unique ability to be controlled, updated and retargeted as needed to eliminate its intended target.
"JSOW C-1 brings U.S. and allied warfighters the unique ability to engage moving ships as far as 100 kilometers away with an air-launched precision strike weapon," said
About the Joint Standoff Weapon
JSOW is a family of affordable, air-to-ground weapons that employs an integrated GPS- inertial navigation system and terminal imaging infrared seeker. JSOW C-1 adds the two-way Strike Common Weapon Datalink to the combat-proven weapon, enabling moving maritime target capability.