Raytheon awarded weapons replenishment contracts

Raytheon has been awarded $55 million in contracts from the US Navy for production of Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOW) to replenish systems expended during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The contracts call for Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona, to produce JSOW-As to be delivered by July 2005.

JSOW is a joint Navy and Air Force program. It is a family of air-to-ground weapons that employ an integrated Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation system that guides the weapon to the target. More than 400 JSOW-As have been used in combat operations to date.

The JSOW family is said to use a common and modular weapon body capable of carrying various payloads. Its long stand-off range, greater than 63 nautical miles, allows delivery from well outside the lethal range of most enemy air defences.

The AGM-154A (also called JSOW-A) variant dispenses BLU-97 combined-effect bomblets for use against soft and area targets. It is produced for use on the F/A-18, F-16, F-15E, B-1, B-2 and B-52 aircraft.

The AGM-154C, or JSOW-C, variant incorporates an imaging infrared seeker for high precision and a Broach multi-stage warhead which has both a blast-fragmentation and hard target penetration capability for use against point targets.

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