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December 3, 2021

USMC conducts OT&E of joint air-to-ground missile from AH-1Z Viper

It is in line with the USMC’s Commandant force modernisation vision.

US Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) has conducted an operational test and evaluation (OT&E) of the joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM).

The missile was launched from a US Marine Corps’ (USMC) AH-1Z Viper Super Cobra attack helicopter at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida. The OT&E event lasted from 3-7 November.

The VMX-1 mission is aimed at conducting OT&E of US Marine Corps’ aviation platforms and systems.

VMX-1 fired and tested the JAGM to assess its effectiveness in supporting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO).

The operations include conducting ‘sea denial operations’ within the littorals and supporting sea control activities.

Data from the test event was observed and analysed by workforce from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two One (HX-21), Army Program Executive Office (PEO) Missiles and Space, Air Force 780th Test Squadron, Naval Air Systems Command Direct and Time Sensitive Strike programme office, and other industry partners.

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Data gathered by the team will be analysed to check the overall system effectiveness and develop the required tactics, techniques, and procedures for its deployment.

According to USMC, this event is expected to give rise to significant enhancements in the ‘lethality’ of attack helicopters by providing them with newer munitions fitted with two sensor technologies.

VMX-1 Commanding Officer colonel Byron Sullivan said: “Watching these professionals from across the services and industry come together to test the effectiveness and work on improvement for this weapon system is truly a phenomenal experience.

“The team is doing everything possible to ensure this capability will be the needed upgrade that enhances our ability to use precision strikes against fast-moving maritime targets.”

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