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Lockheed to Build New Air-to-Ground Missile Tech for US Military

Lockheed to Build New Air-to-Ground Missile Tech for US Military - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Lockheed Martin BlueLockheed Martin has been awarded a $66.3 million contract to help the U.S. Army develop a joint air-to-ground missile system, Defense News reported Sunday.

Joe Gould and Andrew Chuter write Lockheed will build the JAGM technology as a replacement for Hellfire and TOW missiles that Army, Navy and Marine Corps integrate onto rotary-wing and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The company is working on a dual-mode seeker with a semi-active laser and a millimeter fire-and-forget wave radar through the program, according to Defense News.

Gould and Chuter said the contract covers development of up to 185 missiles and the Army could award two $60 million contract options for low-rate initial production work.

The Army expects the JAGM platform to achieve initial operating capability status by 2018.

JAGM will be built to integrate with aircraft platforms such as AH-64 Apache and AH-1Z Viper helicopters as well as to operate with Hellfire II firing systems, the report said.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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