Raytheon Company and the US Navy completed the final developmental test to integrate the Joint Standoff Weapon C onto the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's C variant, keeping the low-cost, air-to-ground missile on track for full deployment in 2019.
The JSOW glide weapon uses a GPS-inertial navigation system with an imaging infrared seeker that can identify and track targets autonomously. JSOW C weighs 1,000 pounds and is effective against high-value land targets at ranges greater than 70 nautical miles, day or night, and in adverse weather conditions.
"With JSOW C in its internal weapons bay, the Navy's F-35C can now eliminate the toughest ground targets from significant standoff ranges," said Mike Jarrett, vice president of Raytheon Air Warfare Systems. "JSOW's advanced warhead and smart fuse provide fighter pilots with plenty of flexibility against hard and soft targets — plus, it has many programmable effects."
Lockheed Martin, manufacturer of the F-35, and the F-35 Joint Program Office participated in the latest test, which took place on the Navy's China Lake ranges in California.
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 US Navys F-35 variant fighter recently launched its first test of 1000 pound, air-to-surface Joint standoff Weapon (JSOW) in a test conducted by US Navy. The Lockheed Martin Corp
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