Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM)

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Product Type:

Adv. Air-to-Ground Precision Attack Missile

Using Service (US):

Army and Navy (USMC)

Program Status:

EMD phase (IOC expected in 2018)

Prime Contractor:

Lockheed Martin Corp.

The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM)

About the JAGM Program:

The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) is an air-to-ground missile that provides advanced line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight capabilities, including precision point and fire-and-forget (active and passive) seeker targeting technologies; increased range; and increased lethality against soft and hardened moving and stationary targets. JAGM uses the same warhead across all platforms. JAGM is the replacement missile for the AGM-114 Hellfire family of missiles and air-launched TOW missile.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), JAGM will increase the operational flexibility by effectively engaging a variety of stationary and mobile targets on the battlefield, including advanced heavy/light armored vehicles, bunkers, buildings, patrol craft, command and control vehicles, transporter/erector launchers, artillery systems, and radar/air defense systems. JAGM's dual-mode seeker will provide robust capability in adverse weather, day or night, and in an obscured/countermeasure environment, against both stationary and moving targets. JAGM supports more efficient logistics for expeditionary force tailoring by replacing several missile variants with a single, interoperable weapon. The warhead is designed for high performance against both armored and non-armored targets. JAGM allows battlefield resupply flexibility in a variety of environments, thus minimizing the logistic burden of the combat force. The JAGM System includes missile, trainers, containers, support equipment, and launcher modifications.

JAGM is a follow-on from the AGM-169 Joint Common Missile (JCM) program, which was terminated in 2007. JAGM was originally a joint program with the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps that addressed rotary/fixed wing and UAS requirements. However, the Navy and Marine Corps withdrew from the program at the end of FY 2012 but rejoined JAGM in FY 2014. The Army is developing JAGM in increments, an approach driven by budget constraints. Budget cuts led to a major restructuring of the program in early 2012 with a strong focus on affordablity and the Army dropped the requirements for a tri-mode seeker and new rocket motor. The incremental development approach will mean that some capabilities are deferred to future stages in the development phase. In the first increment, the missile guidance section (includes the seeker, dome and housing) will be integrated with currently qualified and fielded Hellfire Missile components (including the warhead, rocket motor and control actuation system).

For the Technology Development (TD) phase, two industry teams, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon-Boeing, were awarded contracts. For the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase, Raytheon-Boeing decided not to bid and only the Lockheed Martin team submitted proposals. In August 2015, the Army and Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $66.3 million contract for the JAGM EMD phase. The 24-month EMD phase includes JAGM production, test qualification and integration on the AH-64E Apache Guardian and AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters. The EMD phase also establishes a Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) capability in support of two follow-on LRIP options. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) is expected for the Army in September 2018 followed by Full Rate Production (FRP) from March 2019. Navy IOC is planned for September 2019.

Lockheed Martin's JAGM design features a dual-mode seeker with an onboard fire-and-forget millimeter wave (MMW) radar and a semi-active laser (SAL) sensor for precision-strike. The new sensors have been integrated into the JAGM guidance section and mated with the AGM-114R missile body. According to Lockheed Martin, the laser and radar-guided modes allows the JAGM user to strike accurately and reduce collateral damage. JAGM is fired from Lockheed Martin/Marvin M299 and M310 missile launchers and has an effective range of five miles.


JAGM will be fielded on the Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper and the Army AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters, as well as on the Army MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS. JAGM will replace air-launched TOW and the AGM-114 Hellfire missile.

JAGM Production Forecast:

A 15-year JAGM 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, inventories, a complete program history, and a rationale detailing the outlook of the program. A 10-year JAGM production forecast is also available in report format through Forecast International's Missile Forecast service.


To actively or passively engage fixed and moving targets, day and night, in adverse weather, battlefield obscurants, and countermeasures. Targets include armor, air defense systems, patrol craft, artillery, radar sites, bunkers, and other structures.

FY 2020 & FY 2021 - JAGM DoD 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), Lockheed Martin Corp.,
and Raytheon Company.

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