Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Navy announces first network-enabled weapon to achieve initial operational capability

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June 20, 2016

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Navy announces first network-enabled weapon to achieve initial operational capability
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NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller, director of Air Warfare, announced that the U.S. Navy?s first air-to-ground network-enabled weapon, Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1, completed operational testing against land and sea targets, achieving Initial Operational Capability (IOC).

The JSOW C-1 - a Raytheon-built weapon- is integrated with Link 16 network radio and also uses terminal IR seeker GPS/INS for guidance. Navy officials say the weapon will be launched in F/A-18E/F and F-35A/C aircraft.

"The precision targeting of this weapon and its ability to receive real-time target updates makes it the fleet’s weapon for the fight tonight,” says Cmdr. Sam Messer, JSOW program manager. “JSOW C-1 provides the ability to engage our enemies at longer ranges and the flexibility to engage in direct attack even if enemy air defenses deny our aircraft access.”

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