TUCSON, April 9 (UPI) -- A new integrated fuel system that greatly extends the range of the Joint Standoff Weapon has been demonstrated by Raytheon and the U.S. Navy.
In the test, a fuel tank and fuel delivery system were integrated with a TJ-150 turbojet engine on a modified AGM-154 JSOW C-1 and extended the weapons range from 70 nautical miles to more than 250 nautical miles.
The test was a functional ground demonstration and was part of the design-and-build effort of the tactical fuel system and its air vehicle integration for the powered ER variant of the glide bomb now under development.
Before the functional ground test, Raytheon conducted a fuel characterization for the new fuel tank and fuel delivery system.
"This test further verifies Raytheon can answer U.S. and allied warfighter concerns regarding advanced threat systems by extending the standoff range of a proven weapon system, while maintaining all of the JSOW C-1 strengths of survivability, lethality, affordability and networked-enabled capability," said Celeste Mohr, JSOW program director for Raytheon Missile Systems. "This test clears the way for our upcoming captive carry test that will bring JSOW ER one step closer to the warfighter."
The JSOW ER has the same shape and form of JSOW C-1 as well as its datalink radio and modified seeker software.