The U.S. State Division has made a willpower approving a attainable Overseas Navy Sale to the Authorities of Oman of Joint Stand Off Weapons (JSOW) and associated tools for an estimated value of $385 million. The Authorities of Oman has requested to purchase forty-eight (48) AGM-154C Joint Stand Off Weapons (JSOW). Additionally included are Dummy Air Coaching Missiles; Captive Flight Automobiles (CFVs) or Captive Air Coaching Missiles (CATMs); Environmental Willpower Check Automobiles (EDTVs); Free Flight Automobiles (FFVs); containers; mission planning; integration help and testing; munitions storage safety and coaching; weapon operational flight program software program improvement; transportation; instruments/take a look at tools; help tools; spare/restore components; publications/technical documentation; personnel coaching/coaching tools and different associated components of logistics and program help.

The proposed sale would improve the Royal Air Pressure of Oman’s skill to safe Oman’s borders, airspace, and territorial waters. This expanded capability might be a pressure multiplier and assist negate regional safety threats. Current assaults on ships within the Gulf of Oman have elevated Oman’s want for weapons that allow it to defend its territorial waters and guarantee freedom of navigation. Oman can have no issue absorbing these articles into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this tools and help is not going to alter the fundamental navy stability within the area. Implementation of this proposed sale would require annual journeys to Oman involving U.S. Authorities and contractor representatives for technical evaluations, help, and oversight for about seven years. The principal contractor might be Raytheon Missiles and Protection Firm, Tucson, AZ.


Aviation ordnancemen examine JSOW® munitions aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) earlier than transferring them to ready plane. JSOW delivers precision standoff strike functionality towards stationary land targets from launch ranges of as much as 70 nautical miles. (Picture: U.S. Navy)

The AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) is a glide bomb that resulted from a three way partnership between the USA Navy and Air Pressure to deploy a standardized medium vary precision guided weapon, particularly for engagement of defended targets from exterior the vary of normal anti-aircraft defenses, thereby growing plane survivability and minimizing pleasant losses. The designation of the Joint Standoff Weapon as an “air-to-ground missile” is a misnomer, as it’s an unpowered bomb with steering avionics, just like the older GBU-15. The JSOW is a fire-and-forget weapon that employs a tightly coupled GPS/INS for navigation, and is able to day/evening and hostile climate operations. The JSOW-C provides an infra-red seeker for terminal steering.

The Joint Standoff Weapon is simply over 410 centimetres (160 in) in size and weighs about 450 kilograms (1,000 lb). The JSOW was initially to be delivered in three variants, every of which makes use of a typical air car, or truck, whereas substituting numerous payloads. The AGM-154A (JSOW-A) entered service in 1999. US Navy and Air Pressure developed the AGM-154B (JSOW B) up till Multi-Service Operational Check & Analysis (MOT&E) however the Navy determined to not procure the weapon when the Air Pressure left this system. The AGM-154C (JSOW BROACH) entered service in February 2005. The AGM-154C makes use of an Imaging Infrared (IIR) terminal seeker with autonomous steering. The AGM-154C carries the BROACH warhead. This two stage 225 kg (500 lb) warhead is made up from a WDU-44 formed augmenting warhead and a WDU-45 comply with via bomb. The weapon is designed to assault hardened targets. It entered service with the US Navy in February 2005.

An F-16C Fighting Falcon releases an AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon over the Utah Test and Training Range. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)
An F-16C Preventing Falcon releases an AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon over the Utah Check and Coaching Vary. (Picture: U.S. Air Pressure)