Navy To Field Cruise Missile Variant Of Its Smart JSOW Glide

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Unread post11 Feb 2019, 08:08

The U.S. Navy says it will begin deploying a cruise missile derivative of the stealthy AGM-154 Joint Stand-Off Weapon glide bomb, or JSOW, no later than the end of 2023, as an option for its F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and F-35C Joint Strike Fighters. The weapons will give these jets a significant additional extended-range strike capability, which is important given the increasingly advanced nature of integrated air defenses among potential opponents, especially Russia and China.

On Feb. 7, 2019, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced its intention to issue a sole-source contract to Raytheon for work related to the new weapon, known as the JSOW-Extended Range, or JSOW-ER, on the U.S. government’s main contracting website, FedBizOpps. The Massachusetts-headquartered defense contractor developed the unpowered JSOW and you can read about it and the cruise missile derivative in depth in a previous feature from The War Zone. The notice also said that the JSOW-ER would be compatible with the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, but it is not clear if that service actually intends to purchase the missiles.









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Unread post11 Feb 2019, 10:21

Corsair1963 wrote:The notice also said that the JSOW-ER would be compatible with the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, but it is not clear if that service actually intends to purchase the missiles.


I think that point is related to RAAF using them on SH now, and may keep using them on F-35A. Not much point in the USAF buying them.
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Unread post11 Feb 2019, 11:16

element1loop wrote:
Corsair1963 wrote:The notice also said that the JSOW-ER would be compatible with the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, but it is not clear if that service actually intends to purchase the missiles.


I think that point is related to RAAF using them on SH now, and may keep using them on F-35A. Not much point in the USAF buying them.



If, they can fit inside the F-35A. I would say plenty of good reasons for the USAF to acquire it...

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