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Three FMS customers to receive Joint Standoff Weapon technical upgrade

28th June 2022 - 16:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


JSOW-C1 test launch from an F-35C fighter. (Photo: USN)

Bahrain, Canada and Taiwan are to benefit from a technical data and software upgrade for the AGM-154C Block III missile.

Raytheon Missiles and Defense is to update the technical data package and software for the AGM-154C Joint Standoff Weapon Block III (JSOW-C1) on behalf of three FMS customers, the DoD announced on 27 June.

Recipients of upgraded software for the network-enabled air-launched missile will include Bahrain, Canada and Taiwan.

The $29.35 million order will be executed by July 2025, the DoD noted on 27 June.

Bahrain requested JSOW-C1 in May 2019 as part of a broader FMS request to equip its future 16-aircraft fleet of F-16 Block 70/F-16Vs, while Canada sought 20 missiles as part of a June 2020 FMS proposal to arm its CF-18 Hornets (which will be phased out by 2032 in favour of the F-35A).

Taiwan, meanwhile, placed an FMS request in June 2017 for 56 missiles.

In common with the other JSOW variants (AGM-154A and AGM-154B), the AGM-154C is designed to arm F/A-18C/D/E/F, F-16C/D and F-35A/C aircraft.

The missile features GPS/INS guidance, a terminal IR seeker and a Link 16 weapon data link.

A Network Enabled Weapon moving maritime target capability was incorporated in JSOW-C1 production units from FY2009 onwards.

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