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USMC ‘s Precision-Guided Missile Attains Initial Operational Capability

USMC 's Precision-Guided Missile Attains Initial Operational Capability - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Bell-made AH-1Z Viper helicopters of the U.S. Marine Corps can now use the AGM-179A Joint Air-to-Ground Missile after the weapon achieved initial operating capability under the service branch.

JAGM, which achieved the milestone on March 1, uses millimeter-wave radar and semi-active laser guidance to boost accuracy against targets on land and water, Naval Air Systems Command said Friday.

The Lockheed Martin-made air-to-surface missile underwent testing with an AH-1Z unit off Florida’s coast in November then proceeded to land-based evaluation in Arizona the following month. Rotary, fixed-wing and unmanned aircraft may equip the missile.

The IOC comes as Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 prepares to support a mission with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

“Incorporating systems such as JAGM on the AH-1Z is essential in keeping the platform at the forefront of warfighting capabilities,” said Col. Vasilios Pappas, USMC’s program manager for the H-1 light/attack helicopters.

USMC works with the Army to implement JAGM as the former seeks to modernize AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters.

Lockheed produced JAGM through authorization granted by the Department of Defense in 2018.

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Written by Nichols Martin

a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, produces articles on the federal government's technology and business interests. The coverage of these articles include government contracting, cybersecurity, information technology, health care and national security.

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