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Joint Standoff Weapons Systems

By Department of Defense

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Book Id: WPLBN0000155765
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Joint Standoff Weapons Systems  
Author: Department of Defense
Language: English
Subject: Military, Armed Forces., National defense.
Collections: Military and Armed Forces Library Collection
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Publisher: Department of Defense


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Excerpt: (U) A. Mission Description The Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) is an air-to-ground weapon designed to attack a variety of targets during day, night, and adverse weather conditions. JSOW will enhance aircraft survivability as compared to current interdiction weapon systems by providing the capability for launch aircraft to standoff outside the range of enemy point defenses. The JSOW accuracy and launch-and-leave capability will allow several target kills per aircraft sortie. Integration of the JSOW baseline weapon, the AGM-154A (BLU-97 Combined Effects Bomblets), and the JSOW anti-armor weapon, the AGM-154B (BLU-108 submunition), with the threshold F- 16C/D Block 50 aircraft is also included. The program provides for development and test of a dispenser design for the AGM-154B variant which employs a Sensor Fuzed Weapon (SFW) BLU-108 submunition payload. Future integration (objective aircraft) is planned for the B-1B, F-16C/D Block 40, and F-15E. B-2 and B-52 integration is currently underway; B-2 is funding its own integration while B-52 integration is being funded by both JSOW and the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). The program also includes the development of JSOW Common Munitions Built-In Test (BIT) Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE) software which is a tester for JSOW, Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD), and future smart weapons. The JSOW mission planning module continues to be developed concurrently with Air Force Mission Support System (AFMSS) Aircraft/Weapons/Electronics (AWE) development. Finally, this program element contains funding for the development of the BRU-57*, a MIL-STD-1760 dual-carriage ejector rack capable of carrying smart munitions. BRU-57 will allow the F-16C/D to carry four smart weapons including JSOW (a JSOW threshold requirement), 1000 lb JDAM, and WCMD. JSOW is a joint Air Force/Navy program; Navy is the lead service with the Air Force funding development of the AGM-154B. JSOW is an ACAT I[C/D] program.

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