The U.S. Navy has begun integrated testing (IT) of Raytheon Company’s (RTN) Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1. During its first flight in IT, the JSOW C-1 was retargeted to strike a large moving ship target.
„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. Samuel Hanaki of the U.S. Navy’s Precision Strike Weapons Program Office. „The program remains on track for reaching initial operational capability in 2013.”
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 Celeste Mohr, Raytheon Missile Systems’ JSOW program director. „The 280 Raytheon employees in Tucson, Ariz., and the hundreds of partner-supplier employees across the U.S. worked hard to make this test a success and demonstrate JSOW C-1’s ability as the newest and pre-eminent moving maritime target 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.
•JSOW C-1 is the world’s first networked weapon with a range of approximately 100 kilometers.
•The U.S. Navy’s first two free-flight tests of JSOW C-1, on July 26, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2011, resulted in direct hits on moving ship targets.
•Raytheon is using company funding to develop a powered version of JSOW with the potential to engage targets at distances greater than 250 nautical miles.
Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.