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for the Air Force and Navy, JSOW is a low-cost, 1,000-pound class launch-and-leave glide weapon with standoff capability.
In 1991, Texas Instruments (since part of Raytheon) was selected to develop the missile, and in the following year the US Air Force joined the programme, which thus became Jsow. It is currently conceived in three principal forms.
The JSOW is a more complex J-weapon built by Raytheon (El Segundo, CA).
The unitary warhead AGM-154C variant of the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), manufactured by Raytheon Co.
The American air strikes against Iraqi Soviet-produced Tall King and the French Volex early-warning radars on 16 February 2001 used Jsow guided bombs.
A beer-can sized submunition similar to the BLU-97/B could be loaded in CBU-87 canisters or AGM-154A JSOW bodies for easy, predictable dispensing.
There is a market for the cruise missiles types, [like] the Tomahawk, Storm Shadow, Apache, Jsow, that sort of thing, which are kind of silver bullet approaches; high-value, highly-defended, very sensitive targets are areas where you don't want to risk an aircrew, so a precision guided cruise type missile is the way to go.
Comparison of US Anti-armour Programmes Weapon Quantity TotalCost Unit (then-yr) Expenditure (JSOW)/BLU-108 5 955 $ 2369 m $ 387 820 (SFW) 4 237 $ 1434 m $ 338 447 (MLRS) 12 378 $ 3485 m $ 281 550 (Bat)/(ATACMS) 19 554 $ 4284 m $ 219 085 Longbow Hellfire 12 905 $ 2092 m $ 167 108 Javelin 26 956 $ 3324 m $ 123 312 (WAM) 33 991 $ 1708 m $ 50 249 (MPIM) 3 521 $ 147 m $ 41 750 (Sadarm) 50 000 $ 2057 m $ 41 140 Predator 18 190 $ 492 m $ 27 048 (M830) A1 76 000 $ 533 m $ 7 013 (M829) A3/E3 242 000 $ 1694 m $ 7 000 Volcano 184 000 $ 412 m $ 2 239 (Radam) 428 000 $ 194 m $ 453 M919 (25 mm round) 1 791 000 $ 242 m $ 135
They typically have large warheads -- both the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and the Joint Stand- Off Weapon (JSOW) can carry 2000-lb.
Harm, Javelin, JSOW, MALD, SM-2/6, Maverick, Patriot, Paveway, Phalanx, RAM, ESSM, Stinger, and TOW.
Between programs like MALD-N and the Navy's first two network-enabled weapons--the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1, which delivered last year, and Harpoon Block II+, which is scheduled for IOC on the F/A-18 in July--"it's an extremely exciting time to be in the weapons business," Dougherty said.
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