Lockheed Tests JAGM in High-Speed Captive Flight

20 April 2011 (Last Updated April 20th, 2011 18:30)

Lockheed has tested its joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) tri-mode seeker in high-speed captive flight tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, US. The JAGM was tested on a Sabreliner series 60 jet, to demonstrate the validity of the seeker on fixed-wing aircraft. The long-range, h

Lockheed has tested its joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) tri-mode seeker in high-speed captive flight tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, US.

The JAGM was tested on a Sabreliner series 60 jet, to demonstrate the validity of the seeker on fixed-wing aircraft.

The long-range, high-speed seeker tests also validated the maximum ranges of the imaging infrared (I2R) and semi-active laser (SAL) sensor modes at speeds of 400kt at 20,000ft altitude.

Lockheed JAGM programme director Hady Mourad said the company had plans to conduct additional fixed-wing seeker tests in the near future against maritime surface combatants.

JAGM is the next-generation air-to-surface guided missile that will replace the existing Hellfire, Longbow, Airborne TOW and Maverick missiles for the US Army, Navy and Marine Corps.

The initial operational capability (IOC) of the missile on US Army aircraft will take place between 2016 and 2017.