Lockheed Martin's JAGM missile approved for LRIP phase 3

Lockheed Martin landed a $91,25 million contract for procurement of Joint-Air-to-Ground missiles (JAGM) under the initial phases of the Low-rate Initial Production 3, the US Department of Defense announced on December 17, 2018.

Lockheed Martin s JAGM missile approved for LRIP phase 001 Lockheed's multi-mode Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) has flown more than six kilometers and engaged stationary and moving targets, demonstrating its maturity and production readiness
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"Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2022," the Pentagon said.

JAGM is a multi-sensor air-to-ground missile that is the successor to the combat proven Hellfire Romeo and Hellfire Longbow missiles. Backward compatible with all rotary wing and fixed wing platforms that fire the Hellfire family of missiles, JAGM employs a multi-mode guidance section that offers enhanced performance on the battlefield.

The multimode seeker combines improved Semi-Active Laser and millimeter wave radar sensors providing precision strike and fire-and-forget capability against stationary and moving land and maritime targets in adverse weather and obscured battlefield conditions.

JAGM flight tests, including ten Limited User Test flights, were completed across the performance envelope and target requirements over a period of months leading up to the successful milestone C decision. The test results demonstrated the system's combat effectiveness and technical maturity.

The U.S. Army and U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a 24-month contract for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the JAGM program which included JAGM production, test qualification and integration on the AH-64E Apache and AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters. The EMD phase also established an initial low-rate manufacturing capability in support of three follow-on LRIP options, with U.S. Army Initial Operational Capability expected early 2019.

The JAGM system hardware that demonstrated over 95 percent reliability in flight testing is built on the active Hellfire missile family production line by the same team that has produced over 75,000 missiles with a fielded reliability exceeding 97 percent.