Raytheon-Boeing team achieves milestone with test of JAGM’s single rocket motor solution

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.

Raytheon Company and The Boeing Company completed a series of government-funded tests of the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile’s single rocket motor solution.

During the tests, rocket motors designed by Boeing and its subcontractor ATK were subjected to 5-to-20 thermal cycles of minus 45 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. The motors were then fired, meeting all test objectives.

« These tests of our engineering and manufacturing development rocket engine validated our simulations and proved the maturity of the Raytheon-Boeing JAGM single rocket motor solution, » said Carl Avila, director of Boeing’s Advanced Weapons and Missile Systems. « Our single rocket motor solution makes our JAGM the ideal system for the warfighter. »

The Raytheon-Boeing JAGM features a fully integrated tri-mode seeker that incorporates semiactive laser, uncooled imaging infrared and millimeter wave guidance. The system leverages proven components from other Raytheon and Boeing programs, including the Raytheon Small Diameter Bomb II and previously fielded Boeing launchers and missiles.

« Every single test of the Raytheon-Boeing JAGM has been an unqualified success, even those using EMD motors, » said Bob Francois, Raytheon vice president of Advanced Missiles and Unmanned Systems. « The Raytheon-Boeing JAGM system is the ideal solution for the warfighter because it has a low total-ownership cost and can hit the target. »

JAGM, designed to replace three legacy systems, offers the warfighter improved lethality, range, operational flexibility, supportability and cost savings compared with older, Cold War era weapons such as the Hellfire missile and its multiple derivatives.

Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 66,000 employees worldwide.

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