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B-52 Cleared To Operate JSOW (Feb. 15)



TUCSON, Ariz. --- Raytheon Company's Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) successfully completed aircraft integration tests with the Air Force's B-52 Stratofortress bomber on Feb. 8.

Two JSOWs were successfully launched from a B-52 over the Naval Air Systems Command western test range complex. Both weapons safely separated from the aircraft, navigated approximately 30 miles to the target area, and dispensed live BLU-97 Combined Effect Munitions (CEM). As planned, the two weapons dispensed their submunitions nearly simultaneously over their respective target areas.

"This is a significant milestone leading to the JSOW-A variant initial operating capability for the B-52," said Col. Kenneth Merchant, program director for Area Attack Systems Program Office, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. "The full rate production weapons used in this test are identical to the ones that will be used on both Air Force and Navy aircraft."

"This dual free flight test demonstrated the multiple launch capability of JSOW weapons from the B-52 platform and safe separation from the aircraft, " said Jon Jones, vice president, Strike product line, Raytheon Missile Systems. "The test successfully utilized the Air Force mission support system (AFMSS), which included a JSOW mission planning component developed by Raytheon."

The JSOW family of low cost, highly lethal weapons is the new generation glide weapon that ensures warfighter survivability by enabling precision air strike launches from well beyond most enemy air defenses. The AGM-154 JSOW is modular in design with variants that integrate different lethal submunitions, as well as a unitary blast/fragmentation and penetrating warhead.

The AGM-154A and AGM-154B have completed Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) and are in production. The AGM-154C, with the unitary warhead, is currently in EMD.

JSOW is currently flying on the F/A-18, F-16 and B-2 aircraft. Other ongoing JSOW integration efforts in addition to the B-52 include the B-1B and the F-15E.

Since 1999, JSOW has been combat proven in Operation Southern Watch, NATO Operation Allied Force and Operation Enduring Freedom, with more than 100 weapons employed.

With headquarters in Lexington, Mass., Raytheon Company is a global technology leader in defense, government and commercial electronics, and business and special mission aircraft.

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Raytheon Joint Standoff Weapon Successfully Completes Air Force B-52 Integration Test