Hellfire Replacement Approved for Low-rate Initial Production

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On June 27, the U.S. Defense Acquisition Board approved Lockheed Martin’s Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) for Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP). The JAGM is intended to replace both the AGM-114 Hellfire II and Hellfire Longbow missiles for use on AH-64E Apache and AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and unmanned aircraft. It is equipped with semi-active laser (SAL) and millimeter wave (MMW) radar targeting sensors to enable fire-and-forget capability in both land and littoral battlespaces, even under suboptimal weather conditions. The missile’s dual SAL/MMW targeting system will allow aircrews to conduct more evasive maneuvers and avoid countermeasures inherent to the use of laser targeting systems. The JAGM is expected to achieve U.S. Army Operational Capability by 2019.