AGM-179 Joint Air-to-Ground Missile
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A prototype AGM-179 JAGM
TypeAir-to-surface missile
Service history
In serviceIOC expected in 2019[1]
Production history
ManufacturerLockheed Martin
Unit costUS$324,805[2] (FY 2021)
Mass108 lb (49 kg)
Length70 in (1,800 mm)
Diameter7 in (180 mm)

5 mi (8.0 km)[3]
Semi-active laser and millimeter-wave radar
Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft

The AGM-179 Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) is an American military program to develop an air-to-surface missile to replace the current air-launched BGM-71 TOW, AGM-114 Hellfire, and AGM-65 Maverick missiles.[4] The U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps plan to buy thousands of JAGMs.[5]


The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) program is a follow-on from the unsuccessful AGM-169 Joint Common Missile program that was cancelled due to budget cuts. JAGM will share basically the same objectives and technologies as JCM but will be developed over a longer time scale.[6]


In June 2007 the US Defense Department released a draft request for proposals (RFP) launching a competition for the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) program.[6] In 2008, Raytheon and Boeing teamed up on a $125 million contract,[7][8] and Lockheed Martin received a $122 million technology development contract for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system. The 27-month contracts from the U.S. Army's Aviation and Missile Command is for a competitive risk-reduction phase.[9]

Each team submitted its proposal in the spring of 2011, with contract award expected in the first quarter of 2012. However, in September the Army and Navy requested the JAGM program be terminated.[10] JAGM survived a budget reduction in 2012 with reduced funding.[11]

In 2012, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon received contracts from the U.S. Army to extend the JAGM technology development program including the design, test, and demonstration phases for the JAGM guidance section.[12][13][14] In 2013, the Army announced it would not award Raytheon a contract for the remainder of the Technology Development (TD) phase and will continue with Lockheed's contract.[15]

In 2015, the Army issued an RFP for a JAGM guidance section upgrade. Lockheed Martin was to offer its dual-mode laser and millimeter wave radar seeker, and Raytheon may submit its tri-mode seeker which adds imaging infrared if it chooses to compete.[16] Lockheed Martin was awarded a $66 million engineering and manufacturing contract to combine its laser and millimeter wave seekers into the Hellfire Romeo missile body. Raytheon chose not to compete but retains its tri-mode seeker should the Army request it.[17]

The designation AGM-179 was assigned to the JAGM program.[18] A Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract for JAGM was approved in 2018.[1]

Launch platforms


 United Kingdom: Selected by UK to equip its AH-64E Apache helicopters.[20]

 United States: The JAGM was intended for joint service with the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Marine Corps by providing a single missile configuration for many platforms. JAGM offered the services increased operational flexibility and reduced logistics support costs.[4]

In February 2012, the Navy and Marine Corps terminated their investment in the program, saying it was a "manageable risk" to do so and that they would instead focus on the GBU-53/B SDB II and continued Hellfire procurement, making the JAGM an Army-only program. In March 2014, they re-entered the program, with documents showing integration of the missile onto Marine AH-1Z helicopters.[21]

See also


  1. ^ a b Lockheed Martin's JAGM missile approved for LRIP phase. Air Recognition. 28 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Here Is What Each Of The Pentagon's Air-Launched Missiles And Bombs Actually Cost". Retrieved 15 Feb 2020.
  3. ^ JAGM Media Briefing February 20, 2014 Frank St. John Lockheed Martin Vice President Tactical Missiles/Combat Maneuver Systems
  5. ^ "VIDEO: Raytheon/Boeing show JAGM direct hit". Retrieved 2010-08-17.
  6. ^ a b "Pentagon Plans Industry Day For Joint Air To Ground Missile". Defense Daily. Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-07-15.
  7. ^ "Raytheon News Release Archive". 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  8. ^ "Raytheon Company: Investor Relations : News Release". 2008-09-22. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  9. ^ [1] Archived January 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Sherman, Jason (11 October 2011). "Army, Navy Propose Terminating Joint Air-to-Ground Missile Program". Inside Defense. Archived from the original on 28 November 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  11. ^ "US budget cuts-Flightglobal-Jan 26, 2012". 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
  12. ^ Lockheed Martin Awarded $64 Million JAGM Contract For Extended Technology Development. Lockheed press release, Aug. 17, 2012
  13. ^ Raytheon submits JAGM contact proposal., October 23, 2012
  14. ^ US Army awards JAGM continued technology development contract -, December 6, 2012
  15. ^ US Army to move ahead with Lockheed Martin JAGM -, 18 July 2013
  16. ^ US army seeks upgrades for Hellfire missile guidance system -, 6 February 2015
  17. ^ Raytheon sticking by tri-mode missile despite Lockheed JAGM win -, 4 August 2015
  18. ^
  19. ^ [2][permanent dead link].
  20. ^
  21. ^ JAGM: Joint Air-Ground Missile Again -

External links

  • Army RDT&E 2009 Budget Item Justification (PDF)
  • Army RDT&E 2010 Budget Item Justification (PDF)
  • U.S. Navy NAVAIR JAGM page
  • Lockheed Martin JAGM page
  • Raytheon JAGM page
  • 2012 Army Weapon Systems Handbook - JAGM
  • HELLFIRE II Missile