Product Type:

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

Using Service (US):

Navy and Air Force (USAF)

Program Status:

Full Rate Production (AGM-154C)

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.

A Network Enabled Weapon (NEW) moving maritime target capability is under development and will be incorporated in JSOW-C production units (AGM-154C-1 variant). The AGM-154C-1 units will retain the basic AGM-154C capability against fixed targets on land.

The AGM-154C was approved for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) on June 26, 2003. Full Rate Production (FRP) commenced in December 2004.

The U.S. Navy procurement objective is 7,000 AGM-154C JSOW Unitary (through 2022) and 2,800 AGM-154A (through 2023). The U.S. Air Force procurement objective is 534 AGM-154A/B (completed in 2004).

On December 26, 2013, Raytheon was awarded a $80.5 million contract by the Navy for the procurement of 200 Full Rate Production (FRP) Lot 10 AGM-154C-1 JSOWs.


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).

Price/Unit Cost:

The unit cost of the AGM-154C-1 JSOW is $399,460 per All-Up Round (in FY 2015).

Total Cost - Life of Program (LoP):

The total procurement cost of the JSOW program is $4.35 billion (official DoD estimate) + $1.10 billion in research and development (RDT&E) funds, which means the total estimated program cost is $5.45 billion (numbers are aggregated annual funds spent over the life of the program and no price/inflation adjustment was made).

JSOW Mission/Role:

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 2015 DoD Program:

Continues JSOW C-1 (Unitary) production which is the only variant currently in production along with product improvements to introduce a network-enabled, maritime target capability for the Navy only. FY 15 will purchase 200 weapons at a cost of $108.2 million and provide $4.4 million for RDT&E.

FY 2016 DoD Program:

JSOW production will be terminated in FY 2016 following the FY 2015 FRP-11 procurement. The Navy has determined that there are sufficient JSOW C (fixed target) and JSOW C-1 (maritime moving target) weapons in inventory, and that other weapons will provide a more formidable capability in future near-peer surface warfare engagements. The JSOW C-1 is the only variant in production, which has been limited to Minimum Sustaining Rates since FY 2013. FY 16 funding is required for Captive Air Training Missile (CATM) software integration, production line shutdown, and to continue Telemetry Instrumentation Kit (TIK) NRE and relife efforts. FY 17-19 funding is required to complete the TIK efforts.

For more information, click to see the FY 2016 Navy JSOW Procurement Budget.

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

Specifications Applications DoD Spending FY2016 Budget

Last Update: October 26, 2015.

By Joakim Kasper Oestergaard Balle /// (

External Resources:

Raytheon's JSOW Site: Joint Standoff Weapon

YouTube: Joint Standoff Weapon | YouTube Videos

Fact Sheet: AGM-154 JSOW | Fact Sheet

Total JSOW Program Cost:

 $5.45 billion  ($4.35B procurement + $1.10B RDT&E)

JSOW Procurement Objective:

  10,334 units  (USAF: 534 / NAVY: 9,800)

AGM-154 U.S. Defense Budget Charts:

DoD Spending on the AGM-154 JSOW program in FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014, FY 2015 and FY 2016
DoD Purchases of AGM-154 Standoff Weapons in FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014, FY 2015 and FY 2016
Defense Budget Data

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DoD Spending, Procurement and RDT&E: FY 2012/13/14 + Budget for FYs 2015 + 2016

DoD Defense Spending, Procurement, Modifications, Spares, and RDT&E for the AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)

Download Official U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Budget Data:

AGM-154 JSOW Purchases (NAVY) RDT&E: AGM-154 JSOW (NAVY)

Missile Specifications: AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon

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Primary Function: Air-to-surface Standoff from Outside Point Defenses (SOPD) weapon
Prime Contractor: Raytheon Co.
Length: 160 in (4.1 m)
Diameter: Box-shaped 13 in (33 cm) on a side
Wingspan: 106 in (2.69 m)
Weight: 1,065 lbs (483 kg)
Range: Low-altitude: 12 nm/14 miles (22 km); high-altitude: 63 nm/73 miles (117 km)
Guidance System: GPS/INS (Global Position/Inertial); Terminal IR Seeker (AGM-154C only)
AGM-154A/145: BLU-97/B combined-effects bomblets;
AGM-154A-1: 500-pound BLU-111 warhead;
AGM-154B: Six P3I BLU-108 sensor-fuzed-weapon submunitions;
AGM-154C/C-1: 500-pound Broach multi-stage warhead
B-1B Lancer; B-2 Spirit; B-52 Stratofortress;
F-15E Strike Eagle; F-16 Fighting Falcon;
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet; F-35 Lightning II
Price/Unit Cost: AGM-154C-1: $399,460 per All-Up Round (in FY 2015)
Deployed: January 1999

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