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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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