Boeing/Raytheon Team Verifies Missile Replacement Engine
Raytheon and Boeing have completed the third
company-funded missile launch of the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile
(JAGM). The test sets the stage for Raytheon and Boeing to enter
engineering and manufacturing development (EMD).
"The government's requirements for the competitive prototyping
flyoff were to fire three preliminary design review configuration
missiles. We were the only contractor who met those requirements,
and we were the only contractor whose missiles hit all three
targets," said Bob Francois, Raytheon vice president of Advanced
Missiles and Unmanned Systems. "To continue maturing our design, we
used our own funding to shoot a weapon with an EMD-representative
During the Oct. 23 test, the JAGM was fired using the Boeing-ATK
rocket motor, which was designed for EMD. The test met all primary
objectives including updating the flight control software and
providing data to incorporate into the simulation software.
The Raytheon-Boeing JAGM features a fully integrated tri-mode
seeker that incorporates semiactive laser, uncooled imaging
infrared and millimeter wave guidance. The weapon leverages proven
components from other Raytheon and Boeing programs, such as the
Raytheon Small Diameter Bomb II and the Boeing Brimstone.
"The ATK rocket motor advances the Raytheon and Boeing JAGM from
the preliminary design review stage," said Carl Avila, director,
Boeing Advanced Weapons and Missile Systems. "While still being
able to withstand the rigors of rotary-wing flight, JAGM is also
capable of withstanding temperatures of minus 65 degrees
Fahrenheit, which might be experienced on an F/A-18 E/F Super
Hornet or unmanned aircraft."
The Raytheon-Boeing team has completed six successful tests of
the missile to date. Three of the tests used company funding to
reduce program risk. The other three tests fulfilled a contractual
obligation to the government to complete a competitive prototyping
JAGM, designed to replace three legacy systems, offers the
warfighter improved lethality, range, operational flexibility,
supportability and cost savings compared with older weapons like
the Cold War-era Hellfire missile.