Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) completed a second series of government-funded technology development phase tests of the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile’s single rocket-motor solution, designed by Boeing and its subcontractor ATK.
The tests involved engineers cold-cycling two rocket motors from minus 50 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit — 15 and 20 times, respectively. Engineers also subjected the motors to vibrations and loads equivalent to 300 captive carry flight hours and then static-fired the engines. The tests on both rocket motors achieved their objectives and proved the maturity of the motors at the component level.
“These tests were the most challenging ones to date and prove the engineering and manufacturing development-ready Raytheon-Boeing JAGM motor can withstand the rigors of fixed- and rotary-wing flight,” said Carl Avila, director, Boeing Advanced Weapons and Missile Systems. “Our single rocket-motor solution for all JAGM applications provides compelling logistics and lifecycle cost advantages to the Army, Navy and Marines.”
The Raytheon-Boeing JAGM features a fully integrated tri-mode seeker that incorporates semiactive laser, uncooled imaging infrared and millimeter wave guidance. The system uses proven components from other Raytheon and Boeing programs, including the Raytheon Small Diameter Bomb II and previously fielded Boeing launchers and missiles.