US Navy conducts first operational test of Raytheon-built JSOW C-1 weapon

15 February 2016 (Last Updated February 15th, 2016 18:30)

The US Navy and Raytheon have conducted an operational test of the new precision-guided C-1 gliding joint standoff weapon (JSOW) to display its capabilities against a broad set of land targets.

JSOW C-1

The US Navy and Raytheon have conducted an operational test of the new precision-guided C-1 gliding joint standoff weapon (JSOW) to display its capabilities against a broad set of land targets.

The JSOW C-1, which was launched from a F/A-18F Super Hornet at approximately 29,000ft, flew through the pre-planned route and destroyed the designated land target.

The battlefield scenario included a well-defended target that had employed tactical countermeasures.

"Naval aviators recently employed JSOW C in a tactically realistic, cave-defeat scenario that included heavy radio frequency countermeasures. The result was two direct hits."

Raytheon Missile Systems JSOW programme director Celeste Mohr said: "This test demonstrated yet again JSOW's ability to deliver decisive battlefield effects with precision stand-off capability against some of the most challenging land targets facing our warfighters.

"Naval aviators also recently employed JSOW C in a tactically realistic, cave-defeat scenario that included heavy radio frequency countermeasures. The result was two direct hits."

This operational test was preceded by the developmental and integration test phases conducted at Point Mugu sea range, California, US. During the tests, the weapon successfully hit stationary land targets and maritime moving targets.

It had prompted the next phase of operational testing against large and small maritime moving targets.

The JSOW C-1 integrates a two-way strike common weapon 16 datalink that provides a moving as well as a stationary maritime target capability.

It also includes an imaging infrared seeker and an autonomous target system to attack targets with precision accuracy.

The weapon is an upgraded version of the existing JSOW C, which adds a weapon datalink radio and modified seeker software to increase capability for the anti-surface warfare mission.

It can be launched at ranges exceeding 100km.


Image: An F-16C releases an AGM-154 JSOW over the Utah Test and Training Range. Photo: courtesy of MSgt Michael Ammons.