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Lockheed responding to JAGM request

April 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

ORLANDO, Fla., April 15 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin announced it intends to respond to a U.S. Army proposal request for engineering, manufacturing and low-rate initial production of JAGM missiles.

"Lockheed Martin's JAGM builds on three of the most trusted precision-guided weapons on the battlefield today: HELLFIRE, LONGBOW and Javelin," said Frank St. John, vice president of tactical missiles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "We are prepared to provide U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps warfighters with the next product in that line, an affordable weapon that will offer the decisive edge in combat."

The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile is being developed as a replacement forAGM-114 Hellfire and AGM-65 Maverick missiles now in use.

Lockheed said the scope of the JAGM EMD contract will be to "complete all major component and sub-system critical design reviews, a system-level CDR, component and sub-system testing, design verification testing, engineering development tests and production prove-out tests on the six threshold JAGM platforms."

In addition to the EMD requirements, the RFP calls for three, fixed-price LRIP options, as well as two fixed-priced advanced procurement items for "long-lead" components that drive the hardware delivery schedule.

Lockheed Martin is partnered with a number of partners for the JAGM program, including Aerojet, a GenCorp company; Marvin Engineering; and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.

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