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US Navy completed first flight test of JAGM missile on AH-1Z chopper

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World Defense & Security News - United States
 
 
US Navy completed first flight test of JAGM missile on AH-1Z chopper
 
The US Navy successfully completed its first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter Dec.5 at Patuxent River, the service said on Januar 9, 2018. During the flight, aircrew aboard the AH-1Z navigated the missile through various operational modes and exercised its active seeker to search and/or acquire targets, demonstrating its compatibility with the aircraft.
     
US Navy completed first flight test of JAGM  missile on AH 1Z chopper 640 001The US Navy conducts first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter Dec. 5 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
(Credit: US Navy)
     
"Initial results from the flight indicate the missile performed as planned,” said Liam Cosgrove, JAGM flight test lead. “We will continue to conduct a series of tests to prepare for live fire testing of the JAGM off the AH-1Z scheduled for early this year.


JAGM, a joint program with the US Army, is a precision-guided munition for use against high value stationary, moving, and relocatable land and maritime targets. It utilizes a multi-mode seeker to provide targeting day or night in adverse weather, battlefield obscured conditions and against a variety of countermeasures.

This missile will provide increased lethality and better targeting capabilities, beyond the Hellfire’s laser point designating capability that the AH-1Z currently has in theater today,” said Capt. Mitch Commerford, Direct and Time Sensitive Strike (PMA-242) program manager.

JAGM is managed by the Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. It will initially be employed on the AH-64 Apache and US Marine Corps’ AH-1Z helicopters and is compatible with any aircraft that can carry Hellfire missiles. The US Army will complete a 48 shot test matrix by May 2018 on AH-64 Apache aircraft in support of Milestone C.

(Source: PEO(U&W) Public Affairs)

     
US Navy completed first flight test of JAGM  missile on AH 1Z chopper 640 002An AH-1Z Helicopter carrying the Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md.
(Credit: US Navy)