JSOW C-1 networks with with E-2D aircraft during demonstration

TUCSON, Ariz. U.S. Navy and Raytheon personnel established communications among an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft, an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft and the latest version of the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1 in a demonstration of the new version's capabilities.

The test was performed as part of the Navy's Trident Warrior 2013 demonstration where fighters simulated the launch of a JSOW C-1 while the E-2D aircraft directed the weapon toward the positively identified target. The E-2D also received status updates from the JSOW C-1.

"The success of the Trident Warrior 2013 demonstration proves the feasibility of providing the fleet a means of executing the complete kill chain with carrier-based assets utilizing the F/A-18E/F, JSOW C-1 and E-2D to engage maritime targets at range," says Cmdr. Errol Campbell, the U.S. Navy's JSOW Precision Strike Weapons program office deputy program manager.

The team was also able to track and designate a target; simulate the launch of the JSOW; send, receive, and acknowledge target updates; and then receive bomb hit indication data from the weapon.

JSOW is a family of low-cost, air-to-ground weapons that use an integrated GPS-inertial navigation system and terminal imaging infrared seeker. The JSOW C-1 brings the two-way Strike Common Weapon Datalink, enabling a moving maritime target capability. The new version will place an advanced anti-surface warfare solution on the F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft.