Adv. Air-to-Ground Precision Attack Missile
Using Service (US):
Technology Development (TD) Phase
Currently in Source Selection
The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) is an air-launched missile system that provides advanced line-of-sight
and beyond-line-of-sight capabilities, including precision point and fire-and-forget (active and passive) seeker
targeting technologies; increased range; and increased lethality against soft and hardened moving and stationary targets.
Unlike older missiles that use different rocket motors for fixed- and rotary-wing operations, JAGM uses the same warhead across
According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), JAGM will increase the operational flexibility by effectively engaging a variety of stationary and mobile targets on the battlefield, including advanced heavy/light armored vehicles, bunkers, buildings, patrol craft, command and control vehicles, transporter/erector launchers, artillery systems, and radar/air defense systems. JAGM's seeker will provide robust capability in adverse weather, day or night, and in an obscured/countermeasure environment, against both stationary and moving targets. JAGM supports more efficient logistics for expeditionary force tailoring by replacing several missile variants with a single, interoperable weapon. The warhead is designed for high performance against both armored and non-armored targets. JAGM allows battlefield resupply flexibility in a variety of environments, thus minimizing the logistic burden of the combat force. The JAGM System includes missile, trainers, containers, support equipment, and launcher modifications.
JAGM is a follow-on from the AGM-169 Joint Common Missile (JCM) program, which was terminated in 2007. JAGM was originally a joint program with the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps that addressed rotary/fixed wing and UAS requirements. However, the Navy and Marine Corps have since withdrawn from the program, instead selecting the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB-II) to meet their requirements. The Army is developing JAGM in increments, an approach driven by budget constraints. Budget cuts led to a major restructuring of the program in early 2012 with a strong focus on affordablity. The incremental development approach will mean that some capabilities are deferred to future stages in the development phase. In the first increment, the missile guidance section (includes the seeker, dome and housing) will be integrated with currently qualified and fielded missile components (including the warhead, rocket motor and control actuation system).
The JAGM program is currently in the technology development (TD) phase with two industry teams competing to win. The two teams are Lockheed Martin and Raytheon-Boeing.
has fielded missiles with all three of the JAGM seeker modes: precision-strike semi-active laser (SAL) on AGM-114 Hellfire (except Longbow AGM-114L),
passive fire-and-forget imaging infrared (IIR) on Javelin AAWS-M,
and all-weather fire-and-forget millimeter wave on the AGM-114L variant fielded on the AH-64E
Apache Longbow attack helicopter. On August 17, 2012, Lockheed Martin was awarded a $64 million contract from the U.S. Army
to extend and continue the JAGM TD phase. The 27-month extended TD phase will include design, test and demonstration
of the JAGM guidance section.<(p>
have launched a joint effort to develop the JAGM. According to Raytheon, the missile integrates a tri-mode seeker employing semi-active laser (SAL),
millimeter wave (MMW) radar and uncooled imaging infrared sensors in a way that allows it to hit its target in adverse weather conditions
or when other obscurants are present. Alliant Techsystems
(ATK) and Boeing have developed the rocket motor for the Raytheon-Boeing JAGM.
On December 3, 2012, Raytheon received a contract from the U.S. Army's Aviation Missile Command
to develop and deliver a next-generation guidance section for the JAGM TD phase.
During the first four months of TD, Raytheon will update its design and complete a preliminary design review.
During the next 24 months, the team will focus on a critical design review, guidance section qualification and testing,
and delivery of JAGM guidance sections. Raytheon's tri-mode seeker has been successfully flight tested
and is now in Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) for the U.S. Air Force and Navy GBU-53/B
Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB-II) program.
According to Raytheon, overall, JAGM will have a lower cost than the AGM-114 Hellfire missile, which it is intended to replace. If adverse weather or other obscurants are present 50% of the time, everything else remaining the same, it will take just 400 JAGMs to do the job that it now takes 700 AGM-114s to accomplish. Raytheon expects that future increments of JAGM will have twice the range of the Hellfire missile.
Unknown - JAGM is in the development phase.
To actively or passively engage fixed and moving targets, day and night, in adverse weather, battlefield obscurants, and countermeasures. Targets include armor, air defense systems, patrol craft, artillery, radar sites, bunkers, and other structures.
Continues system development. RDT&E funds in the amount of $235.3 million have been allocated.
The JAGM program will be restructured in FY2013. RDT&E funds in the amount of $10 million allows continuation of the Technology Development (TD) phase to focus on affordability and risk reduction prior to additional investment in the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase. For more information, click to view the FY 2013 DoD JAGM Budget.
Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Lockheed Martin Corp.,
and Raytheon Company
Last Update: April 23, 2013.
By Joakim Kasper Oestergaard /// (email@example.com)
Raytheon's JAGM Site: Raytheon-Boeing JAGM
YouTube: Joint Air-to-Ground Missile | YouTube
Fact Sheet: Lockheed Martin JAGM | Fact Sheet
Data Sheet: Lockheed Martin JAGM | Data Sheet
Infographic: Raytheon JAGM | Infographic
JAGM U.S. Defense Budget Charts:
Primary Function: Advanced air-launched precision attack missile