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Anti-tank rocket of a new generation - JAGM (USA)

In the United States, as part of the JAGM project (Joint Air-to-Ground Missile), a new anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) is being created. This rocket will be designed to defeat all types of stationary and mobile targets of a potential enemy regardless of weather conditions. It is assumed that this missile will completely replace the existing Hellfire and Tou AGM-114 anti-tank guided missiles, as well as the Maverick AGM-65 general-purpose guided missiles. The program provides for the creation of one version of an ATGM that can be equipped with a multifunctional warhead. The carriers of the new ATGM will be airplanes, helicopters and drone drums.

It is expected that the new 3rd generation JAGM ATGM will be adopted aviation US Army in 2016,
missile firing range will be up to 16 kilometers. It is assumed that in the aircraft version of the maximum range of use of the rocket will increase to 28 kilometers. The new anti-tank missile will be equipped with a guidance system that is similar to that installed on Brimstone missiles. The rocket will receive a multimode homing head (GOS), which detects and recognizes targets using the built-in algorithm. JAGM missile will be equipped with either a tandem (armor penetration to 1200 mm), or high-explosive fragmentation warhead. This example once again demonstrates the active work on the creation of long-range ATGM systems in the United States and the developed countries of the world as a whole.

Earlier, Boeing and Raytheon announced the end of the 1-series of 3-x US Department of Defense-sponsored test launches of the prototype new air-launched JAGM anti-aircraft missile test at the White Sands range (New Mexico). -land". In the course of the tests, the JAGM ATGM, using a laser target guidance system, was able to successfully hit a target of 8X8 feet (2,5X2,5 m) size, located at a distance of 16 km.

Anti-tank rocket of a new generation - JAGM (USA)

The US Ground Forces signed a contract with the consortium of Boeing and Raytheon companies for the amount of 125 million dollars to build a long-range JAGM anti-tank missile system in October 2008. According to the requirements of the agreement, the consortium must, within 27 months, design, manufacture and conduct test launches of 3's ATGM prototypes equipped with integrated three-mode homing heads. At the same time, Raytheon is the main contractor for this project.

The main element of the new JAGM ATGM is a multi-mode high-precision seeker that combines the capabilities of laser, radar and infrared targeting. The new JAGM guided missile will be compatible with all existing modern aircraft launchers. The conducted test launch summed up the first stage of fire tests of the new weapons. The first 2 launch of JAGM ATGM was carried out in April 2010. During the tests, all the 3 missile guidance systems on the target worked simultaneously and ensured the stable transmission of telemetry data, which are necessary for further improvement of this weapon system.

Combined GOS is a fundamentally new development. It will consist of infrared hsn (passive mode of operation), semi-active laser homing head (to destroy single targets with minimal side effect) and active radar hsn (active mode of operation, will be used in bad meteorological conditions, as well as in dust and smoke conditions battlefield). In addition, it provides for the possibility of correcting the guidance and flight of an ATGM based on information from other sources.

The ATGM created by the JAGM project is planned to be equipped with modern multi-functional warheads - cumulative, penetrating and high-explosive fragmentation. With the help of a cumulative warhead, a guided missile can guaranteed to hit most armored targets, and with the help of a penetrating and high-explosive warhead, buildings, bunkers, ships and other well-fortified enemy targets. Penetrating warheads penetrate the SD inside the target object, and high-explosive warhead - will explode inside it. The firing range of this version of the rocket can be up to 45 kilometers. Proceed to the small-scale release of the new UR JAGM in the USA is counting on 2015, and adopting a missile into service - on 2016.

According to preliminary information, the UR JAGM has a length of 175, see and weight in 47 kg. The rocket will have an increased range, a greater destructive ability, and an improved guidance system in comparison with the analogues on the market. New guided missiles are supposed to equip combat aircraft, helicopters and UAVs of various types, which are currently in service or being developed for the ground forces, air force, navy, as well as the US Marine Corps. In particular, the JAGM ATGM will be equipped with attack helicopters AH-64 Apache and AH-1 Cobra, as well as multi-purpose helicopters UH-60 Black Hawk, reconnaissance ARH. In addition, this weapon is guaranteed to receive carrier-based fighters F / A-18A / E and drones Predator. According to preliminary information, only at the initial stage, the ground forces, naval forces, air force and marine corps are going to purchase about 35 thousands of UR JAGM, and the total number of missiles acquired can reach 100 thousands. The total cost of this ambitious program is about 7 billion dollars. Tactical fighter 5 of the F-35 generation is also considered as a potential carrier of the new rocket.

21 August 2012, Lockheed Martin received a contract worth $ 64 million to continue developing technology as part of the JAGM (Air-to-Ground Missile) JAGM (Air-to-Ground Missile) all-arms missile development program for the benefit of the US Army . According to Lockheed Martin, the continuation of the technology development program designed for 27 months includes the design, subsequent testing and demonstration phases of the guidance module of the new guided missile. The hull compartment, fairing and homing are part of the SD guidance compartment. At the same time, the JAGM UR targeting compartment is a further development of modern high-precision weapons of the battlefield like the Longbow, Hellfire, and Javelin missiles, but at the same time it possesses higher TTX.

To date, Lockheed Martin has successfully created, tested and deployed serial production of SD with 2-type hf, including the Hellfire missile, which has high-precision semi-active laser hc and Longbow missile, equipped with all-weather HMS of millimeter range, ensuring the use of missiles on the principle of "shot and forget." According to military experts, the design of the JAGM ATGM guidance system can provide the ground forces with the necessary operational flexibility, high combat effectiveness and survivability even if they have only one cheap, improved SD.

It is worth noting that in the coming 2 decades, ATGM will continue to remain the most affordable and effective means of conducting combat against all types of armored combat vehicles. An analysis of the state of their development demonstrates that in the forecasted period of time in leading foreign countries all ATGMs of the first and second generations will be phased out and only the SD belonging to the third generation will remain in service.

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  1. Mikhado
    Mikhado 26 June 2013 10: 37
    And it will definitely be cheaper than a tank ??
    For example, Chinese wink
  2. spirit
    spirit 26 June 2013 11: 56
    2-3 times the good old Hellfire will definitely be worth it!
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas 26 June 2013 12: 58
      This missile should replace THREE different missiles, so it's worth it ...
    2. sir.jonn
      sir.jonn 26 June 2013 22: 19
      Quote: spirit
      2-3 times the good old Hellfire will definitely be worth it!

      maybe 20-30, ??? what
  3. nagi
    nagi 26 June 2013 12: 32
    GOS with three modes of operation does not give a high% defeat MBT.
    When irradiated with a GOS laser with an OBT, an OBT sets up a remote sensing. When a rocket goes into radar mode, it also irradiates MBT. KAZ
    Mounted on MBT can be used charges induced on this radiation.
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas 26 June 2013 13: 01
      And what then gives a high% of defeat? Radio Command Guidance?
    2. alean245
      alean245 26 June 2013 13: 07
      Quote: nagi
      When irradiated with GOS laser OBT

      Laser illumination source in GOS, are you serious?
      Quote: nagi
      GOS with three modes of operation does not give a high% defeat MBT.

      Amer rely on the versatility of the rocket, which should replace several missiles that perform different tasks. If we talk about the effectiveness of the defeat of armored vehicles, then combined guidance is a plus. In good weather, you can’t shine on the tank at all, and use radar guidance only in difficult weather conditions.
    3. Professor
      Professor 26 June 2013 21: 15
      Quote: nagi
      When irradiated with GOS laser OBT, OBT sets the DZ

      Yeah, the tankers will jump out and start screwing the DZ in a hurry. yes

      In general, given how many ATGMs have already been riveted and how many more are going to rivet, I do not envy the tank crews.
      1. Nayhas
        Nayhas 26 June 2013 23: 05
        Nagi was probably referring to Smoke Shield, such as smoke interfering with laser radiation.
  4. Midshipman
    Midshipman 26 June 2013 13: 39
    Against modern MBT with KAZ, these missiles will be effective only with massive use. And taking into account modern means of camouflage and counteraction, their effectiveness will not be much higher than that of much cheaper guided red fields and even cheaper corrected whalers at the same distances.
    1. chunga-changa
      chunga-changa 26 June 2013 16: 25
      This rocket is specifically for use with aircraft. No need to compare it with the shells of the barrel artillery. It is planned to use with f-35, in the future a mass fighter-bomber, helicopters and UAVs, that is, obviously there will be a lot of them on the battlefield.
      1. Midshipman
        Midshipman 26 June 2013 17: 13
        Not only with the F-35 - read the article more carefully. In general, I compared the guidance systems of this expensive toy and cheap domestic shells. If the target is illuminated by the spotter, the shooting results will be comparable. In the absence of illumination, these missiles can effectively destroy only single Papuan tanks, tk. homing heads are not able to distinguish a live tank from a wrecked one, plus KAZ plus camouflage "capes".
        1. chunga-changa
          chunga-changa 26 June 2013 20: 15
          Next time read everything, there is not only about f-35. Why you are trying to compare ammunition guidance systems with different application possibilities is not at all clear.
          At the expense of efficiency.
          In the case of, for example, an attack on a tank brigade on a march 100km from the front line by an aircraft group with these missiles, how many cheap domestic shells do you think the Krasnopol will be ready to give the brigade brigade for one BC to a beech?
          Somehow you imagine a strange war. The battlefield is hit by other means.
        2. dustycat
          dustycat 13 July 2013 21: 33
          Quote: Midshipman
          homing heads are not able to distinguish a live tank from a wrecked one, plus KAZ plus camouflage "capes".

          Is this a three-channel one ?!
          The radio channel will find under the cloak and net.
          Thermal and video will distinguish burning or long destroyed from not yet kicked.
    2. cdrt
      cdrt 26 June 2013 17: 33
      Hmm ... all modern KAZ (known) do not actually protect against attacks of the upper hemisphere ...
      And do not dream - as a rule, missiles with GOS of the next generation are higher in efficiency than the previous one.
      From the fact that there is nothing like it for us, the efficiency does not change.
      Another thing is that an expensive rocket will certainly be.
      Well ... they will print and we will pay wink
      1. dustycat
        dustycat 13 July 2013 21: 39
        Quote: cdrt
        Hmm ... all modern KAZ (known) do not actually protect against attacks of the upper hemisphere ...

        The iron dome.
        Of course not for installation on a tank. But he will cover the company of tanks.
        In extreme cases, the Arena or Trophy can always be slightly upgraded.
        1. Professor
          Professor 13 July 2013 21: 53
          Quote: dustycat
          The iron dome.

          LCD is not KAZ, but a missile defense system.
  5. arutun
    arutun 26 June 2013 15: 50
    The firing range of this version of the rocket can be up to 45 kilometers.
    Something outrageous figures, for this type of missile, usually 10-12 is already good, but here 45 ...
    1. cdrt
      cdrt 26 June 2013 17: 34
      hmm ... no one said that our Tula people are storytellers with their Hermes with a range of 120 km ...
      45 I think - this is when shooting from a great height of course.
      1. Windbreak
        Windbreak 26 June 2013 21: 56
        Well, the aviation version of Hermes 20 km promise
    2. Professor
      Professor 26 June 2013 21: 19
      Quote: arutun
      Something outrageous figures, for this type of missile, usually 10-12 is already good, but here 45 ...

      Spike NLOS - 25 km
      NIMROD - 60 km
    3. Nayhas
      Nayhas 26 June 2013 22: 27
      The article states that the helicopter version has a range of 16 km., And the aircraft 28 km. This is due to the fact that a helicopter usually launches missiles from a hanging state from a low altitude, and the airplane has a much higher speed, plus a higher application height.
  6. chunga-changa
    chunga-changa 26 June 2013 16: 17
    The unification of missiles drags a unified aiming system,
    general simulators and operator training techniques. A set of warheads gives the complex flexibility and versatility. Three channel guidance I think is better than one in any case. I suspect something like that and we will soon have or already have it.
    1. dustycat
      dustycat 13 July 2013 21: 59
      In Novosibirsk, in a semi-artisanal way, they make dual-mode CCDs and do not know who needs them. While high resolution thermal imagers are making artisanal artisans. In general, they somehow keep afloat.

      In Tomsk, they made a millimeter high-resolution radar for AFAR. You can even set a car. It can work in passive and active all-wave mode. Something is bought by oil workers for supply vessels. Two pieces a year. The year before last, the cooperative was still working.

      It remains to find who will make the main engine, control system and fuselage.

      Only I'm afraid the price under the guidance of our "successful managers" may be comparable to the price of T90.
      And most likely in the next ten years nothing.

      If there is no worse nowhere else.
  7. Sirocco
    Sirocco 26 June 2013 16: 56
    Gentlemen, all points above and, in the dispute around this miracle of the American military industry, will put this missile on the battlefield. Then we'll see what it costs. Another question is also interesting, since they create it, where is it tested, and where is it tested? I would have experienced in "hot spots", but there is no news from there, about large losses of armored vehicles. So all this is just empty talk.
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas 26 June 2013 17: 37
      According to your logic, if the rocket did not pass the battle test, then all the declared characteristics are automatically questioned. If you talk like that, then all the declared characteristics of domestic missiles are, as you put it, "empty boltology" ...
    2. dustycat
      dustycat 13 July 2013 22: 25
      And where in the world has there been a fairly massive use of tanks lately?
      In addition, information from some countries may come out very filtered.
      The media themselves know who controls.
      Can you prove that all the affected armored vehicles of Gaddafi were hit only by cruise missiles or Mavericks?
      They say SAS specialists in Libya and Tou used something else.
      Why then so many sorties? And under the influence, albeit suppressed and disorganized, but still very dense MZA air defense?

      And why then suddenly the Congress of Mattress was afraid to supply the latest types of weapons to the Muslim brothers in Syria? It is interesting what?
      And with what kind of weapons did the container ship suddenly sink for no reason, and even immediately after the Syrian army began to defeat the rebels?
      And why suddenly so many Patriots were driven from all over Europe to Turkey?
      What to cover? Why push the Syrian Air Force to the ground and arrange a no-fly zone? Indeed, Israel’s new planning bombs make it possible to threaten not only the C300 (which is hardly doubtful), but also tank columns.
      And why is the strike group of KR carriers pushed to the shores of Egypt?

      Why so much fuss?
  8. JonnyT
    JonnyT 26 June 2013 17: 30
    Will it be like this?
    1. Professor
      Professor 26 June 2013 21: 35
      Failures happen both at Milanov and at Kornetov.

      And she will probably work like this

      or as

      1. Nayhas
        Nayhas 26 June 2013 22: 22
        There was a report, the journalist scratches his tongue, and in the background our fighters from Cornet seem to have shot and a completely similar incident happened, the ATGM got out of the container, the main engine did not start, and the ATGM flopped in front of the fighters, and the journalist did not even notice ...
        PS: Javelin is cool, the Syrian army should pray that the US does not start supplying their SSA, otherwise the "flying towers" attraction will turn into a boring routine ...
      2. tlauicol
        tlauicol 2 July 2013 09: 57
        What was it - Competition? on 1m video
    2. TRAFFIC
      TRAFFIC 26 June 2013 22: 02
      It also happens wink
  9. sergey158-29
    sergey158-29 27 June 2013 00: 28
    The presence of several GOS slightly increases the cost (Uncle SEM will still draw for himself), but if this increases the efficiency, then why not. Of course, they will not use it in the armies of third countries, but for a European theater of action ... so there is reason to think about it?
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas 27 June 2013 07: 22
      I think there will be no restrictions on the application, because there are shots like Hellfirers from Apache in Afghanistan, they drive spirits, it would seem for the sake of five bearded men such an expensive rocket, but their price does not stop ...
  10. Zomanus
    Zomanus 30 June 2013 14: 16
    Fine. At least in terms of real break-in aiming system based on three options ..