The US Navy’s new precision-guided C-1 gliding joint standoff weapon (JSOW) is ready for deployment into the fleet and initial operational capability, following successful completion of all operational tests.
Built by Raytheon, the JSOW C-1 weapon has demonstrated precision and effectiveness against moving maritime targets during the developmental, integrated and operational test phases.
During testing, the weapon also proved its capability when engaging simulated combatant ships in a realistic scenario.
PMA-201 US Navy captain Jaime Engdahl said: "As our mission focus shifts to the Pacific, we are providing the warfighter with the first of several net-enabled weapons required to maintain US strategic dominance over enemy surface combatants.
"The JSOW C-1 is critical to the support of the navy's strategic vision of integrated warfare capability."
Equipped with a Link-16 datalink and maritime moving target capability, the system can engage moving targets at launch ranges of up to 70nm from both fourth-generation and fifth-generation fighter jets.
The two-way datalink enhancement enables the launch platform, or alternate controller, to relay real-time target updates to the weapon.
An upgraded version of the existing JSOW C, the weapon can be reassigned to engage a different target while in flight.
Raytheon JSOW programme director Celeste Mohr said: "JSOW C-1 provides the US Navy with the first air-launched, net-enabled weapon with the ability to engage both stationary, land-based and manoeuvring, sea-based targets.
"JSOW's datalink enables more precise control of the weapon and greater flexibility in how it is deployed."
The US Navy’s JSOW C-1 is currently being integrated on the F-35 stealth aircraft.