Lockheed Martin has submitted a proposal for the next phases of the US Army joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) programme, which is expected to be awarded during the fourth quarter of 2011.

According to the proposal, Lockheed has teamed with Aerojet and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) to jointly pursue the programme.

Aerojet will provide the JAGM rocket motor launchers for all six threshold JAGM platforms, while GD-OTS will provide the multipurpose warhead similar to Hellfire characteristics.

JAGM is the next-generation air-to-surface guided missile that is being developed to replace the aging airborne TOW, Maverick and Hellfire family of missiles for the US Army, Navy and Marine Corps.

Work on the programme will be performed in Florida and Alabama, US, as well at suppliers’ facilities across the US.