Pilots fire the new Joint Air-to-Ground Missile being tested at Cibola Range, Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, in support of deliberate attack mission against armor ground vehicle targets. (U.S. Army/Tad Browning)
In a pre-solicitation notice issued on Tuesday, Army Contracting Command detailed a requirement for 3,000 JAGM missiles over the next two fiscal years for the Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as unidentified "special customers." Jane's 360 reports that a formal award for the contract is expected some time in 2019.
The JAGM — intended to replace the AGM-114 Hellfire, AGM-65 Maverick, and BGM-71 TOW air-launched systems — combines both semi-active laser and millimeter wave radar sensor technologies used in two different Hellfire variants, topped off with a Hellfire Romeo warhead, motor, and flight control systems.
The end goal is to versatile all-in-one precision standoff-strike missile capable of taking our heavily-armored high-value targets in even the most challenging and degraded environments, from poor weather conditions to enemy countermeasures.
A slide from a 2014 Lockheed Martin presentation on the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM(Lockheed Martin)
"Before, we had to put a lot of thought into, 'What do I need?' As soon as I launch, I don't get to come back and change out my missiles," said Chief Warrant Officer 5 John Bilton, the first non-experimental test pilot to fire the missile back in 2017, said in an Army release. "In combat, you don't want to encounter a target you need to hit and not have on-board the right missile for the job."
"The ability to not have to put the laser directly on the target and let the adversary know that you are about to kill him is a tremendous benefit," Al Maes, an aviation weapons technical adviser for the Training and Doctrine Command's Capability Manager Recon Attack, said in the same release.
"Once you have the missile off the rail and encounter smoke or dust or fog, a regular laser missile could lose that target ... With JAGM, I have a pretty good guarantee that I am going to kill that target with a single missile instead of multiple missile shots."
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sits for an interview with Reuters in New York, New York, U.S. April 24, 2019. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif does not believe U.S. President Donald Trump wants war with Iran, but he told Reuters on Wednesday that Trump could be lured into a conflict.
"I don't think he wants war," Zarif said in an interview at the Iranian mission to the United Nations in New York. "But that doesn't exclude him being basically lured into one."
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Zarif's remarks.
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