Raytheon Co. received the US Army and Navy’s Joint Air-to-Ground Missile request for proposal and will respond as a prime contractor. Raytheon is teamed with The Boeing Co. for the competition.

Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) is a cost-effective, low-risk solution to meet the program needs among the US Army, Navy and Marine Corps in developing an air-to-surface missile to replace the current BGM-71 TOW, AGM-114 Hellfire and AGM-65 Maverick missiles. Raytheon and Boeing have teamed to develop JAGM, a leveraging of the two companies’ respective strengths.

The JAGM program is a single missile solution for both rotary and fixed wing platforms, and is designed to defeat moving and stationary targets at extended ranges in all conditions, including smoke, dust and poor weather.

JAGM will ultimately be launched from a variety of aircraft, including the Super Hornet (F/A-18 E/F), Apache Longbow (AH-64D), Seahawk (MH-60R), Super Cobra (AH-1Z), Extended-Range Multi-Purpose UAV (ERMP), Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) and Warrior Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

Integration onto the seven platforms is a key JAGM issue, and one of Boeing’s strengths is as manufacturer of two of the required aircraft (Apache Longbow, Super Hornet). To meet the requirement for precision targeting against moving/stationary targets in all conditions, Raytheon is supplying its unique tri-mode seeker technology. This combination of respective strengths maximizes the benefits of common components and associated subsystems to ensure rapid integration of proven technologies into a new 7-inch diameter missile.