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AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon

The AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) precision strike weapon that can carry several different lethal packages. The weapon’s standoff range allows the JSOW to remain outside the threat envelopes of enemy point defenses while effectively engaging and destroying targets.

Status

In active service

Contractors

Original designer: Texas Instruments
Manufacturer: Raytheon

Timeline

1986 - AIWS (Advanced Interdiction Weapon System) program started by the U.S. Navy
June 1992 - Competition won by Texas Instruments (now Raytheon)
December 1994 - First guided drop
February 1997 - Operational evalulation began by the U.S. Navy
1999 - Initial Operational Capability

AGM-154A

The AGM-154A is the baseline version of the JSOW system. It uses flip-out wings and four cruciform (plus two small horizontal) tailfins for flight control. This variant uses a cluster bomb dispenser for use against soft targets.

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 4.26 meters 14 feet
Diameter: 33 centimeters (box-shaped) 13 inches (box-shaped)
Wingspan: 2.69 meters 106 inches
Weight
Weight: approximately 483 kilograms approximately 165 pounds
Features
Range (low alititude launch): 12 nautical miles (22+ kilometers) (13+ miles)
Range (high altitude launch): 70 nautical miles (128+ kilometers) (80+ miles)
Miscellaneous
Guidance system: GPS/Inertial
Warhead: 145 BLU-97 combined-effects bomblets

AGM-154A-1

The AGM-154A-1 is equipped with a BLU-111 unitary warhead instead of the CEM bomblets.

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 4.26 meters 14 feet
Diameter: 33 centimeters (box-shaped) 13 inches (box-shaped)
Wingspan: 2.69 meters 106 inches
Weight
Weight: approximately 483 kilograms approximately 165 pounds
Warhead weight: 226.8 kilograms 500 pounds
Features
Range (low alititude launch): 12 nautical miles (22+ kilometers) (13+ miles)
Range (high altitude launch): 70 nautical miles (128+ kilometers) (80+ miles)
Miscellaneous
Guidance system: GPS/Inertial
Warhead: BLU-111 warhead

AGM-154B

The AGM-154B carried 6 BLU-108/B SFM (Sensor Fuzed Munition) dispensers, each of which could release four "Skeet" terminally guided anti-tank submunitions. It was a joint U.S. Air Force and Navy project, but the Air Force pulled out because it selected the CBU-115/B WCMD-ER (Wind-Corrected Munitions Dispenser - Extended Range) as its future standoff anti-armor weapon. As the Navy couldn't afford to fund the AGM-154B on its own, this version had been cancelled.

Status

Cancelled

AGM-154C

The AGM-154C, developed for the U.S. Navy only, uses a "BROACH" multi-stage blast fragmentation/penetrator warhead. It also features an IIR seeker and ATA (Automatic Target Acquisition) technology. The ATA feature allows the missile to find the target without intervention of an operator, because the internal logic compares the IIR seeker's image with preset reference images. ATA made it possible to drop the two-way data link which was originally planned for the AGM-154C.

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 4.26 meters 14 feet
Diameter: 33 centimeters (box-shaped) 13 inches (box-shaped)
Wingspan: 2.69 meters 106 inches
Weight
Weight: approximately 483 kilograms approximately 165 pounds
Features
Range (low alititude launch): 12 nautical miles (22+ kilometers) (13+ miles)
Range (high altitude launch): 70 nautical miles (128+ kilometers) (80+ miles)
Miscellaneous
Guidance system: GPS/Inertial, terminal IR Seeker
Warhead: BROACH multi-stage penetrator warhead

Timeline

July 2003 - First LRIP (Low-Rate Initial Production) contract awarded to Raytheon
Early 2004 - Entered OPEVAL (Operational Evaluation) phase
December 2004 - Full-rate production approved

AGM-154C-1

The AGM-154C-1, originally known as AGM-154C Block III, features improved seeker algorithms which enable it to hit a moving target, and also adds a dual-mode (UHF/Link-16) datalink for inflight targeting updates from the launching aircraft.

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 4.26 meters 14 feet
Diameter: 33 centimeters (box-shaped) 13 inches (box-shaped)
Wingspan: 2.69 meters 106 inches
Weight
Weight: approximately 483 kilograms approximately 165 pounds
Features
Range (low alititude launch): 12 nautical miles (22+ kilometers) (13+ miles)
Range (high altitude launch): 70 nautical miles (128+ kilometers) (80+ miles)
Miscellaneous
Guidance system: Link-16 data link, GPS/Inertial, terminal IR Seeker
Warhead: BROACH multi-stage penetrator warhead

Timeline

2007 - Development contract awarded to Raytheon by the U.S. Navy
June 2016 - Initial Operational Capability