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Air-To-Ground Network-enabled JSOW C-1 Delivered To US Navy Fleet
Raytheon Joint Stand-off Weapon

First Raytheon-built Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW) or air-to-ground network enabled weapon has been delivered to the fleet.

The JSOW completed initial operational capability earlier this month testing against sea and land targets, providing more lethality and accuracy for deployed air wings, Naval Air Systems Command said in a statement.

The two-way datalink allows the F/A-18E/F and F-35A/C launch aircraft or another controller to provide real-time target updates to the weapon, shift it to a different target or abort the mission.

It will also allow enemy engagement from longer distances and offer the flexibility for direct attack even if enemy air defenses deny access to the jets.

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