Dept. of the Navy declares Joint Standoff Weapon at full operational capability

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. The Department of the Navy recently declared the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1 ready for full operational capability.

C-1 is the Navy’s first air-to-ground network-enabled weapon capable of attacking stationary land and moving maritime targets. All U.S. squadrons are now outfitted with the JSOW C-1.

JSOW is a family of low-cost, air-to-ground that use an integrated -inertial navigation system and terminal imaging infrared seeker. It also uses the two-way Strike Common Weapon Datalink, which newly enables a moving maritime target capability.

“Formal declaration of full operational capability for JSOW C-1 is the final step in a phased approach to introducing this weapon and its capabilities to the fleet,” said Cmdr. Sam Messer, JSOW deputy program manager. “It is the culmination of a complete team effort to deliver not only the hardware, but the training, tactics development, and support infrastructure to ensure we field a meaningful warfighting capability.”

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