VIDEO: JAGM the Sequel



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. 

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10 Responses to VIDEO: JAGM the Sequel

  1. Howe 8 September, 2010 at 12:24 am #

    awesome.

    Things like this is the reason that the Abrams tank should be the last tank we make.

  2. Moose 8 September, 2010 at 5:01 am #

    After Raytheon wins JAGM, the Navy should contract with them to make an NLOS that works. Use this seeker and IAI’s Jumper missile body. Done. Next.

  3. Lightndattic 8 September, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    Correct me if I’m wrong here, but Raytheon’s JAGM uses the same seeker as their SDB 2, right? With the different test results so far and the win in the SDB2, how can anyone at the Pentagon NOT choose this weapon over the LM version?

  4. Fernando (FGRpapa) 8 September, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    4 Kilometers please …

  5. MagicSoccerSpray 9 September, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    What tank were they using as the target? I don’t recognize it. Thanks.

  6. CT_Woods 9 September, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    Unconvincing – lacks an after shot of the tank. The slow motion replays don’t make it clear whether the hit was square on the tank, hit the outside edge, or merely near the tank. What did it look like once the smoke cleared?

    Oh, and about your spell checker:
    “The direct hit on the tank at 4mi distance is fairly spectacular considering this test involved only a dummy award.”
    - Did you mean to write “warhead” rather than “award”? .

  7. Look closer 9 September, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    Freeze frame it at :56. It appears that the impact was pretty close to the center of the skirts just aft of the turret. Also, at 1:06 of the video, you can see one of the tank’s roadwheels rolling through the camera frame. For a missile with no warhead to knock one of the roadwheels off, I would guess it would have to be more than a “near miss”.

    @MagicSoccerSpray – it looks like a T-72 to me

  8. Jeremy Roberts 9 September, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    Great Video… Thanks!

  9. Moose 12 September, 2010 at 1:47 am #

    Lockheed missed again. That’s Raytheon 3 for 3 and LM 1 for 3, with Raytheon using an uncooled seeker head. Guess who’s winning this one?

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