Raytheon has released video showing the second of three scheduled launch tests of the company's candidate for the Joint Air to Ground Munition (JAGM) contract, which is due to be awarded in early 2011.
Although JAGM includes a tri-mode seeker, this test involved only the imaging infrared (IIR) mode and Raytheon's uncooled sensor technology. The direct hit on the tank at 4mi distance is fairly spectacular considering this test involved only a dummy award. Kinetic energy alone caused the explosion of dust and shrapnel from the high-velocity impact.
Lockheed Martin is competing against Raytheon for the JAGM contract, but its second launch test failed to hit the target. The company is self-funding a repeat test of the IIR seeker mode later this month.