Raytheon completes JSOW fit check

18 November 2011 (Last Updated November 18th, 2011 04:35)

The fit check of the joint standoff weapon (JSOW) in the internal carriage bay of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft has been completed successfully by Raytheon.

The fit check of the joint standoff weapon (JSOW) in the internal carriage bay of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft has been completed successfully by Raytheon.

A series of tests were conducted to evaluate whether the bay door could close properly without damaging the aircraft or the weapon when loaded with a JSOW shape in the internal carriage bay.

The JSOW C-1 variant provides upgraded capability to strike moving maritime targets, while the data link allows the aircraft to transmit targeting information to the weapon.

The low-cost air-to-ground weapon is network-enabled, features a GPS inertial navigation system and uses an infrared seeker for terminal guidance.

US Navy JSOW deputy programme manager commander Samuel Hanaki said: "The capabilities of the JSF combined with JSOW C-1's ability to precisely engage moving ships at sea from standoff ranges would give the US and coalition war-fighter a powerful capability."