Raytheon and Boeing completed a series of government-funded tests of the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile's single rocket motor solution.During the tests, rocket motors designed by Boeing and its subcontractor ATK were subjected to 5-to-20 thermal cycles of minus 45 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. The motors were then fired, meeting all test objectives.
"These tests of our engineering and manufacturing development rocket engine validated our simulations and proved the maturity of the Raytheon-Boeing JAGM single rocket motor solution," said Carl Avila, Director of Boeing's Advanced Weapons and Missile Systems. "Our single rocket motor solution makes our JAGM the ideal system for the warfighter."
The Raytheon-Boeing JAGM features a fully integrated tri-mode seeker that incorporates semiactive laser, uncooled imaging infrared and millimeter wave guidance. The system leverages proven components from other Raytheon and Boeing programs, including the Raytheon Small Diameter Bomb II and previously fielded Boeing launchers and missiles.
"Every single test of the Raytheon-Boeing JAGM has been an unqualified success, even those using EMD motors," said Bob Francois, Raytheon Vice President of Advanced Missiles and Unmanned Systems. "The Raytheon-Boeing JAGM system is the ideal solution for the warfighter because it has a low total-ownership cost and can hit the target."
JAGM, designed to replace 3 legacy systems, offers the warfighter improved lethality, range, operational flexibility, supportability and cost savings compared with older, Cold War era weapons such as the Hellfire missile and its multiple derivatives.
For more information, check Al-Defaiya Issue # 3/2011