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AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)

Last updated: 27 Sep 2021

The AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) precision strike weapon, manufactured by Raytheon Company, is a 1,000-pound class air-to-surface missile that can carry several different lethal packages. The weapon's standoff range of 12 to 63 nautical miles allows JSOW to remain outside the threat envelopes of enemy point defenses while effectively engaging and destroying targets. JSOW has been integrated on the F/A-18C/D/E/F, F-16, B-52, F-15E, F-35C, B-1B and B-2 aircraft.

The JSOW family currently consists of multiple weapon variants. The AGM-154A or baseline configuration carries 145 BLU-97 submunitions and is used to attack fixed and relocatable soft targets such as parked and revetted aircraft, trucks, armored personnel carriers and surface-to-air missile sites. The AGM-154A was employed by Navy F/A-18s against targets in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. More than 400 AGM-154As have been used in combat. A modified version of the AGM-154A, termed AGM-154A-1 was developed and produced for Foreign Military Sales. The AGM-154A-1 includes the basic JSOW-A capability with a BLU-111 500 lb. warhead in lieu of the BLU-97 submunitions.

Development of the AGM-154B with six BLU-108B/B canisters each capable of dispensing four anti-armor submunitions for effectiveness against mobile area targets such as battle tanks, self-propelled artillery and wheeled or tracked armored vehicles was completed but production was deferred.

The AGM-154C variant incorporates a 500-pound blast/fragmentation/penetrator warhead effective against fixed-point targets such as industrial facilities, logistical systems and hardened tactical targets. The AGM-154C incorporates an uncooled, long-wave imaging infrared seeker with autonomous target acquisition algorithms for precise targeting.

The AGM-154C was approved for full-rate production in December 2004. The AGM-154C achieved Initial operational capability in February 2005.

The latest variant, the JSOW AGM-154C-1, is the Navy's first air-to-ground Network-Enabled Weapon (NEW) capable of attacking stationary land and moving maritime targets. It includes GPS/INS guidance, terminal IR seeker and a Link 16 weapon data link. Integration of the Link-16 weapon data link and updated seeker software algorithms provide a capability against at-sea moving/relocatable targets.
JSOW C-1 began procurement in FY 2011. The AGM-154C-1 achieved IOC in June 2016. Domestic production for all variants of JSOW ended in 2017.

Navy and Air Force

General Characteristics: JSOW A, A-1, C
Primary Function: Air-to-surface Standoff from Outside Point Defenses (SOPD) weapon for use against a variety of targets
Contractor: Raytheon Co.
Date Deployed: January 1999
Length: 160 inches (4.1 meters)
Diameter: Box-shaped, 13 inches (33.02 cm) on a side
Wingspan: 106 inches (2.69 meters)
Weight: 1,065 pounds (approximate)
Range: Low-altitude, 12 nautical miles; high-altitude, 70 nautical miles
Guidance System: GPS/INS (Global Position/Inertial), Terminal IR Seeker (AGM-154C unique)
Navy: F/A-18 C/D, F/A-18 E/F, AV-8B and F-35C
Air Force: F-16 Block 40/50, B-1, B-2, B-52, F-15, F-117, A-10, F-35A
Warhead: AGM-154A/145 BLU-97 combined-effects bomblets; AGM-154A-1, 500-pound BLU-111 warhead (FMS only), AGM-154C, Broach multi-stage warhead

General Characteristics: JSOW C-1
Contractor: Raytheon Co.
Length: 160 inches (4.1 meters)
Diameter: Box-shaped, 13 inches (33.02 cm) on a side
Wingspan: 106 inches (2.69 meters)
Weight: 1,065 pounds (approximate)
Range: approximately 70 nautical miles
Guidance System: Link-16 data link, GPS/INS, terminal IR seeker
Platforms: F/A-18E/F, F-35A/C
Warhead: Broach multi-stage warhead

Point of Contact
Naval Air Systems Command
Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons [PEO (U&W)]

Naval Air Station
Patuxent River, Maryland 20670-1547

(240) 925-5305


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