ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has given Lockheed Martin a $64 million contract to further develop the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile.
The extension for technology development is for 27 months and includes the design, test and demonstration phases for the missile's guidance system, including its target seeker, dome and housing units.
"Lockheed Martin's JAGM guidance section draws upon a legacy of trusted precision-guided weapons on the battlefield today, including Hellfire, Longbow and Javelin (missiles)," said Frank St. John, vice president of tactical missiles and combat maneuver systems in Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control business.
"Our proposed JAGM weapon system can provide significant performance advantages to help meet warfighter needs and save lives."
The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile is launched from both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft and features uncooled and cooled imaging infrared, semi-active laser and millimeter-wave radar. Its range runs from 10-17 miles, depending on launch platform.