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The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) is a U.S. military program to develop an air to surface missile to replace the current BGM-71 TOW, AGM-114 Hellfire and AGM-65 Maverick missiles.[1]

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Overview

The program is a follow-on from the cancelled AGM-169 Joint Common Missile and will share basically the same objectives and technologies but will be developed over a longer timescale.[2]

The U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps are expected to procure approximately 35,000 JAGM rounds to replace the AGM-114 Hellfire II and Longbow HELLFIRE missiles on the U.S. Army’s AH-64 Apache, the MQ-1C Warrior extended-range multi-purpose UAV, the Marine Corps’ AH-1 SuperCobra attack helicopter and on the U.S. Navy’s Seahawk armed reconnaissance helicopter. JAGM will also replace the Maverick missile on the F/A-18 Hornet jet fighter.

Potential extension to other platforms, such as the F-35 Lightning II, and future international sales could push the total number of rounds much higher. The Lockheed Martin JAGM team includes more than a dozen major suppliers located across the United States and in the United Kingdom.

JAGM is equipped with a tri-mode seeker that combines semi-active laser, for precision-strike, single-shot target defeat with low collateral damage; imaging infrared, for passive fire-and-forget capability versus threat countermeasures; and millimeter wave radar, for active fire-and-forget capability during day, night, adverse weather and battlefield obscurants.

The missile has a multi-purpose warhead that contains a highly lethal shaped-charge to defeat the most advanced armored threats and a blast fragmentation capability to defeat ships, buildings, bunkers and other “soft” targets by penetrating them with a precursor warhead and then detonating a time-delayed main warhead to incapacitate the target from within.

It also has a single insensitive-munition rocket motor that provides required propulsion in extreme temperatures to deliver maximum range from all required platforms.[3]

Launch platforms

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Operators

 United States: The JAGM is intended for joint service with the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.[1]

Program status

  • June 2007 - The Defense Department releases a draft request for proposals (RFP) launching a competition for the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) program, schedules industry day.[2]
  • September 2008 - Lockheed Martin announced that they were awarded a $122 million technology development contract for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system. The 27-month contract, awarded by the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Command, with participation by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, is for a competitive risk-reduction phase.[4]

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