The United States Navy has been hard at work to provide their aircraft with the most innovative defense technology. Their latest piece of weaponry has been in the works for quite some time and is ready to make a formal debut with the US Navy. Navy jets will now be armed with the AMG-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) to be better suited for targets on the high seas.
The JSOW specializes in moving targets on the surface on the water and is expected to be armed on Navy fighters within the year. The precision-guided missile uses a network of information to locate and destroy these targets with greater ease than traditional munitions.
“The weapon is integrated with a Link 16 network radio, enabling it to engage moving targets at sea. The radio allows the launch aircraft or another designated controller to provide real-time target updates to the weapon in flight or reassign the weapon to another target. It also uses GPS/INS and an infrared seeker for terminal guidance.”
– Jamie Cosgrove (NAVAIR Spokeswoman)
Designed with great survivability this JSOW is difficult to destroy by countermeasures and features a GPS resistant to jamming. While details on Joint Standoff Weapon it has demonstrated very effective results as you can see in the video clip here.