Raytheon to supply 618 JSOW air-to-ground missiles to Saudi Arabia

Raytheon Missile Systems is being awarded a contract modification to supply 618 AGM-154 Block III C JSOW (Joint Standoff Weapon) air-to-ground missiles to Saudi Arabia.

The contract, worth around $302 million, was awarded by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland.

The contract also includes missile containers, component parts/support equipment (spares) and engineering technical assistance, under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The delivery of the missiles is scheduled to be completed by June 2022.

Foreign military sales funds in the amount of around $148 million are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The contract work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (36.6 percent); Glascoed, Wales, United Kingdom (15.6 percent); Dallas, Texas (11.7 percent); Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom (6.2 percent); Vergennes, Vermont (5.3 percent); Minneapolis, Minnesota (3.4 percent); Richardson, Texas (2.9 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (2.5 percent); McAlester, Oklahoma (2.0 percent); Joplin, Missouri (2.0 percent); Tulsa, Oklahoma (1.9 percent); Goleta, California (1.6 percent); Williamsport, Pennsylvania (1.5 percent); Berryville, Arkansas (1.1 percent); Bohemia, New York (1.1 percent); Orchard Park, New York (1.0 percent); Pinellas Park, Florida (0.8 percent); Boulder, Colorado (0.7 percent); Valencia, California (0.4 percent); and other U.S. locations (1.6 percent).


AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) is the product of a joint venture between the U.S. Navy (USN) and Air Force (USAF) to deploy a standardized medium range precision guided weapon.

The AGM-154 is intended to provide a low cost, highly lethal glide weapon with a standoff capability. The weapon is especially used for engagement of defended targets from outside the range of standard anti-aircraft defenses, thereby increasing aircraft survivability and minimizing friendly losses.

The JSOW family of air-to-surface glide weapons are 450 kilograms (1,000 lb) class weapons that provide standoff capabilities from 28 km (15 nmi) low altitude launch and up to 110 km (60 nmi) high altitude launch.

The AGM-154C uses an Imaging Infrared (IIR) terminal seeker with autonomous guidance. The AGM-154C carries the BROACH warhead. This two stage warhead is made up from a WDU-44 shaped augmenting warhead and a WDU-45 follow through bomb.

This weapon is designed to attack hardened targets and entered service with the USN in February 2005.

Raytheon was under contract to develop the JSOW Block III (JSOW-C1), which adds a Link-16 weapon data link and moving maritime target capability to the AGM-154C. The first three launches were conducted in August 2011 from an F/A-18F. The JSOW-C1 completed integrated test and evaluations in January 2015, moving on to operational tests.

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