TUCSON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A next-generation guidance section for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile is to be developed for the U.S. Army by Raytheon under a $65 million contract.
The contract is in two parts. The first part -- for four months -- is for update of the current guidance section design and completion of a design review; the second, for 24 months, is for work for guidance section qualification and testing and delivery of JAGM guidance sections.
Raytheon said the continued technology development will result in the Army integrating the JAGM guidance sections to currently qualified and fielded missile components, including the warhead, rocket motor and control actuation system.
"Our state-of-the-art seeker is a compelling technology because it offers our warfighters a new, game-changing capability -- hitting moving targets in all weather conditions," said Tom Bussing, vice president of Advanced Missile Systems at Raytheon Missile Systems.
"As our SDB II production contracts reflect, we can meet or exceed the performance demanded to outpace future threats for unit costs comparable to current weapons.
"With our JAGM solution, capabilities will grow, but costs will not."