The U.S. Marines lately accomplished Joint Air-to-Floor Missile (JAGM) operational testing on the AH-1Z Viper at Eglin Air Drive Base in Florida, demonstrating its maritime concentrating on functionality. The group performed a number of live-fire occasions in November testing all modes of the missile in opposition to life like operational threats. AH-1Z pilots examined JAGM off the coast of Florida, hitting shifting goal boats as much as seven kilometers away, utilizing each laser and radars sensors for steering. Over the following few weeks, the group will conduct land-based operational testing to assist JAGM’s use on the AH-1Z at Yuma Proving Floor in Arizona.

“The addition of MMW functionality to the seeker permits a real fireplace and neglect functionality and elevated flexibility for the operator on the battlefield,” stated Maj. Chuck Smith, the Marines’ H-1 division head at Pax River who supported testing.


“The group has labored tirelessly to conduct these rigorous take a look at occasions. The profitable occasion at this time offers us confidence that we are able to transfer into full charge manufacturing subsequent 12 months,” stated Capt. Alex Dutko, Direct and Instances Delicate Strike (PMA-242) program supervisor.

The Marines’ Joint Air-to-Floor Missile (JAGM) impacts goal throughout testing off the coast of Florida in November. (Photograph by U.S. Marine Corps)

The AGM-179 Joint Air-to-Floor Missile (JAGM) is an American navy program to develop an air-to-surface missile to switch the present air-launched BGM-71 TOW, AGM-114 Hellfire, and AGM-65 Maverick missiles. The air-to-ground, precision guided missile is designed with a seeker that replicate and mix capabilities of the prevailing Hellfire missile variants. It combines a semi-active laser steering and millimeter wave radar and is meant to hit automobiles and enemy combatants within the open. The designation AGM-179 was assigned to the JAGM program. JAGM will share principally the identical targets and applied sciences as JCM however might be developed over an extended time scale.

In 2015, the Military issued an RFP for a JAGM steering part improve. The entire launches had been profitable below deliberate take a look at circumstances. Lockheed Martin was to supply its dual-mode laser and millimeter wave radar seeker, and Raytheon could submit its tri-mode seeker which provides imaging infrared if it chooses to compete. A Low-Price Preliminary Manufacturing (LRIP) contract for JAGM was permitted in 2018. The U.S. Military, Navy, and Marine Corps plan to purchase 1000’s of JAGMs. Joint Air-to-Floor Missile (JAGM) has achieved preliminary operational functionality on Military’s AH-64E Apache and is deliberate to succeed in this milestone on the Marines’ AH-1Z in 2022.

Marine Corps Cpl. Gabriel Halcomb, front, assigned to Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) conducts an operational check on the M299 hellfire missile launcher attached to an AH-1Z Viper, Nov. 4, 2021.
Marine Corps Cpl. Gabriel Halcomb, entrance, assigned to Marine Operational Check & Analysis Squadron One (VMX-1) conducts an operational test on the M299 hellfire missile launcher connected to an AH-1Z Viper, Nov. 4, 2021. (Photograph by U.S. Marine Corps)