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US Navy Tests Air-to-Ground Missile on Bell AH-1Z

By S.L. Fuller | January 9, 2018

The Navy conducts first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter Dec. 5 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Photo couresty of the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command

The U.S. Navy conducts first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter Dec. 5 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Photo couresty of the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command

The U.S. Navy has successfully completed its first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the Bell Helicopter AH-1Z helicopter. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) said Tuesday that the test occurred Dec. 5, 2017, at Patuxent River in Maryland.

JAGM is a joint program with the U.S. Army aimed to develop a precision-guided munition for use against high value stationary, moving and relocatable land and maritime targets, Navair said. A multi-mode seeker is used to provide targeting day or night in adverse weather, battlefield obscured conditions and against a variety of countermeasures.

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“This missile will provide increased lethality and better targeting capabilities beyond the Hellfire’s laser point designating capability that the AH-1Z currently has in theater today,” said Capt. Mitch Commerford, direct and time sensitive strike program manager.

The JAGM is set to continue testing in preparation for live-fire testing, which is scheduled for early this year. The Army is set to complete a 48-shot test matrix by May 2018 on Boeing AH-64 Apache aircraft in support of Milestone C, Navair said.

Although testing is occurring on the AH-1Z and AH-64, the JAGM is compatible with any aircraft that can carry Hellfire missiles.

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