Joint Air-Ground Missile

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Derived from the Joint Common Missile (JCM) that was cancelled in 2005, the U.S. Joint Air-Ground Missile (JAGM) program, joint among the Army, Navy, and Air Force, would replace short-range tactical missiles including:

The goal is a missile that is 110 Lbs, 7” diameter, 70” long, with a range of 0.5 – 16 km when fired from helicopters and 2 – 28 km if fired from fixed wing aircraft.[1]

Bidders include Raytheon teamed with Boeing against Lockheed Martin. The Raytheon-Boeing team is proposing the same Common Tri-Mode Seeker (CMTS) (imaging infrared, radar and laser-guided) seeker that Raytheon developed for the GBU-53 Small Diameter Bomb. Lockheed Martin builds on its existing Hellfire, as well as the "Hellfire II semi-active laser or millimeter wave Hellfire Longbow missiles, and on the cooled sensors "used by the Lockheed/Raytheon Javelin imaging infrared (IIR) missile to add extra fire-and-forget insurance. Lockheed Martin can also leverage its incumbent status for both the current Hellfire missile family, and the M299 missile launcher that equips most helicopters."[1]

The main foreign competitor is the Brimstone missile built by a Boeing and MBDA team. For the JAGM, Boeing-Raytheon would use the Brimstone body with a new rocket motor subcontracted to ATK, Raytheon’s XM1111 Medium Range Munition guided tank shell software, and CMTS. CMTS was also part of the cancelled Future Combat Systems non-line-of-sight missile. CMTS would be upgraded for JAGM production.


  1. 1.0 1.1 JAGM: Joint Common Missile Program Fired - But Not Forgotten, Defense Industry Daily, 15 September 2010