U.S. Navy finishes weapon testing

July 23, 2010 at 1:23 PM
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FARNBOROUGH, England, July 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has finished a series of three captive flight tests on Raytheon Co.'s Joint Standoff Weapon C-1, it was announced Friday.

JSOW is a family of low-cost, air-to-ground weapons that employ an integrated GPS- inertial navigation system and terminal imaging infrared seeker, guiding the weapon to the target.

Raytheon, in a news release Friday from the Farnborough International Airshow, said the JSOW C-1 adds moving maritime target capability and a two-way Strike Common Weapon Datalink.

"The Raytheon-U.S. Navy team completed a test series that showed JSOW C-1's seeker can detect moving maritime targets," said Phyllis McEnroe, Raytheon's JSOW program director. "The tests also demonstrated that JSOW C-1 can communicate via its two-way SCWDL.

"The JSOW platform is a 'truck' with many options that continues to evolve to meet emerging threats. Though not a program of record, we are working on a JSOW extended range variant with an objective range of up to 300 nautical miles."

Successful completion of the tests puts the program closer to initial operating capability in 2012.

Details on when the tests took place and what was involved were not disclosed.

"The warfighter asked for a Link-16 network-enabled standoff weapon that can engage moving maritime targets while maintaining the capability to attack stationary land targets," said Cmdr. Douglas Phelan, the U.S. Navy's JSOW Integrated Product Team leader. "JSOW C-1 will meet this requirement."

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