Raytheon will provide Saudi Arabian military forces with 618 hard-target-penetrating and data-linked medium-range precision-guided missiles, AGM-154 Block III C Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), air-to-ground unitary-variant missiles under terms of a $302.4 million order announced last week.
The AGM-154C JSOW uses an Imaging Infrared (IIR) terminal seeker with autonomous guidance. Block III, which adds a Link-16 weapon data link and moving maritime target capability to the AGM-154C. It carries the BROACH multistage warhead, which has both a blast- fragmentation and hard-target penetration effect, making it specially designed to attack hardened targets.
Pilots typically fire JSOW from ranges of 22 to 70 nautical miles. The contract modification includes containers, spart parts, and technical assistance.
JSOW can launch from F/A-18, F-16, F-15, F-35, and Jas Gripen jet fighter-bombers; as well as from B-1B, B-2A, and B-52H long-range jet bombers.