The U.S. Army conducted firing of its Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) from an AH-64E Apache attack helicopter during operational testing at the Eglin Air Force Base along the Florida Gulf Coast shores.
The operating testing was conducted by Air Cavalry Brigade Soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas. Before traveling to Florida, the 1st Battalion, 227th Aerial Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, also conducted the first record test of the JAGM Captive Carry Inert (CCI) training missile at Fort Hood, Texas.
The Aviation Test Directorate (AVTD) of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC) based at Fort Hood, created land and maritime attack scenarios to assess the ability of the JAGM missile in an operational test environment.
JAGM is a U.S. military program to develop an air-to-surface missile (ASM) to replace the current air-launched BGM-71 TOW, AGM-114 Hellfire and AGM-65 Maverick missiles. The U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps plan to buy thousands of JAGMs.