JSOW C-1 Delivered to Navy
The Navy’s first air-to-ground network-enabled weapon, JSOW C-1 , has been delivered to the fleet after achieving Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in early June.
Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller , director of Air Warfare, made the announcement after JSOW-C1 completed operational testing against land and sea targets, adding this capability will provide more lethality and accuracy to the Navy’s already very capable deployed air wings around the world.
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“As our mission’s focus shift, we are providing the warfighter with the first of several net-enabled weapons required to maintain strategic dominance over the Pacific,” said Capt. Jaime Engdahl, Precision Strike Weapons (PMA-201) program manager. “The JSOW C-1 is critical to the support of the Navy’s strategic vision of integrated warfare capability.”
The newest iteration of JSOW is integrated with a Link 16 network radio, enabling the weapon to engage moving targets at sea. The radio allows the launch aircraft or another designated controller to provide real-time target updates to the weapon, reassign it to another target, or to abort the mission. The weapon also uses a terminal IR seeker and GPS/INS for guidance.
"The precision targeting of this weapon and its ability to receive real-time target updates makes it the fleet’s weapon for the fight tonight,” said Cmdr. Sam Messer, JSOW program manager. “JSOW C-1 provides the ability to engage our enemies at longer ranges and the flexibility to engage in direct attack even if enemy air defenses deny our aircraft access.”
The Raytheon-built weapon will be launched from F/A-18E/F and F-35A/C aircraft.
Source : Naval Air Systems Command - view original press release