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Product Type:

Air-to-Surface Standoff from Outside
Point Defenses (SOPD) Weapon

Using Service (US):

Navy and Air Force (USAF)

Program Status:

Final order placed in FY 2015.

Prime Contractor:

Raytheon Company

The AGM-154 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon (JSOW)

About the AGM-154 JSOW:

The Raytheon AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) is a family of low-cost, air-to-ground weapons that employs an integrated GPS/Inertial Navigation System (INS) and terminal imaging infrared seeker to guide the weapon to its target. The weapon's standoff range of 12 to 63 nautical miles allows JSOW to remain outside the threat envelopes of enemy point defenses while effectively engaging and destroying targets.

The Joint Stand-Off Weapon provides a day, night, and adverse weather environment munition capability, and consists of three variants. The AGM-154A JSOW baseline (BLU-97) provides a day/night all-weather environment submunition for soft and area targets. The AGM-154B JSOW anti-armor variant (BLU-108) contains precision-guided anti-armor submunition warheads. The AGM-154C JSOW Unitary incorporates a dual-stage 500-pound class Broach penetrating warhead with terminal accuracy via Automatic Target Acquisition Seeker Technology. JSOW Unitary comes in two variants: JSOW C (fixed target) and JSOW C-1 (maritime moving target).

JSOW C-1 includes a Link-16 datalink and is the U.S. Navy's first air-launched, net-enabled weapon with the ability to engage both stationary, land-based and maneuvering, sea-based targets. Moving maritime targets can be engaged at launch ranges of up to 70 nautical miles. The datalink allows the launch platform to provide real-time target updates to the weapon or reassign it to a different target while in flight.

The AGM-154C was approved for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) on June 26, 2003. Full Rate Production (FRP) commenced in December 2004. IOC was declared for the AGM-154C-1 on July 12, 2016.

Final procurement of the JSOW AGM-154C-1 occurred with the FRP Lot 11 FY 2015 production contract. The Navy has determined that there are sufficient JSOW weapons in the inventory.


The AGM-154 JSOW is fielded on the U.S. Navy's Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet; and on the U.S. Air Force Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle, Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, B-1B Lancer, B-2 Spirit, and B-52 Stratofortress. Also, the AGM-154 will be fielded on the F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter).

JSOW Production Forecast:

A 15-year JSOW production forecast is available through Forecast International's Platinum Forecast System, which includes a breakout of total market unit and value statistics by manufacturer and end-user. This real-time service also includes information on all prime and subcontractors, contract awards, worldwide inventories, a complete program history, and a rationale detailing the outlook of the program. A 10-year JSOW production forecast is also available in report format through Forecast International's Missile Forecast service.


The JSOW is a primary standoff precision guided munition. The day/night, adverse weather capability provides continuous munitions operations from a survivable standoff range. The Air Force stopped purchasing the JSOW in FY 2005 in favor of other weapons.

FY 2020 & FY 2021 - DoD JSOW Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, a comprehensive analytical database containing historical and forecast budget figures, year-to-year funding comparisons, congressional budget markups, program justification documents, and much more.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Raytheon Co.

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