The U.S. Navy completed the first free-flight test of Raytheon Company‘s (NYSE: RTN) Joint Standoff Weapon C-1, a family of low-cost, air-to-ground weapons that uses an integrated GPS-inertial navigation system and terminal imaging infrared seeker to guide weapons to their target.
The first free flight of the JSOW C-1 was a success, demonstrating the weapon’s ability to operate on the Link-16 network and autonomously prosecute a mobile maritime target. This allows soldiers the ability to precisely engage moving ships from standoff ranges. The test, which met all objectives, involved the JSOW C-1 being released from an F/A-18F Super Hornet and guided to a ship target located 20 nautical miles from the launch point.
The JSOW C-1 provided weapon in-flight track and bomb hit indication status messages and used in-flight target updates based on designation of the target ship by the Raytheon Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared pod. The test concluded when the weapon successfully impacted the target at the pre-determined aimpoint.
“The JSOW C-1 first free flight is a definitive demonstration of our ability to modify an existing JSOW C weapon with new hardware and software to implement a critical moving maritime target capability for the Navy’s fleet warfighters,” said Phyllis McEnroe, Raytheon’s JSOW program director.