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JSOW C-1 is IOC now 22 June, 2016

The US Navy (USN) has begun to deliver the AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) to the fleet following declaration of Initial Operational Capability (IOC).

The Raytheon’s JSOW is a medium-range air-to-surface precision-guided glide weapon employing a GPS/inertial navigation system and a terminal imaging infrared (IR) seeker.

Characterised as the USN's first air-to-surface network-enabled weapon, the JSOW C-1 variant adds a new Moving Maritime Target capability. Link 16 connectivity enables the weapon to receive target position updates from its launch aircraft or another designated controller to provide real-time target updates to the weapon, reassign it to another target, or abort the mission.

Rear Admiral DeWolfe Miller III IOC, USN Director, Air Warfare, declared JSOW’s IOC, after JSOW-C1 completed operational testing against land and sea targets. The weapon will initially be deployed from the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet; it will later equip the F-35A/C variants of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

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