JSOW is integrated and in operational status on the F/A-
18C/D/E/F, F- 16, B- 52, F-15E, B-1B and B- 2 aircraft. Integration
is under way on the F- 35 Lightning II. JSOW is a joint Navy-Air
Force program, with the Navy as the lead service.
The JSOW family consists of four weapon variants. The
AGM-154A, or “baseline” configuration, carries 145 BLU- 97
submunitions and is used to attack fixed and relocatable soft
targets, such as parked aircraft, trucks, armored personnel carriers and surface-to-air missile sites. The AGM-154A was
employed by Navy F/A-18s against targets in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and in Iraq during
Operation Iraqi Freedom. More than 400 AGM-154As have
been used in combat.
A modified version of the AGM-154A, termed AGM-154A- 1,
includes the basic JSOW-A capability with a BLU- 111 warhead,
in lieu of the BLU- 97 submunitions. The AGM-154B has six
BLU-108B/B canisters. Each dispenses four anti-armor submunitions and provides effectiveness against mobile area targets
such as battle tanks, self-propelled artillery, wheeled or tracked
armored personnel carriers and light to heavy support vehicles.
The AGM-154C variant incorporates a 500-pound blast-fragmentation/penetrator warhead effective against fixed-point
targets such as industrial facilities, logistical systems and hardened tactical targets. The AGM-154C incorporates an uncooled,
long-wave imaging infrared seeker with autonomous target
acquisition algorithms for precise targeting. The AGM-154C
was approved for FRP in December 2004. IOC was achieved in
Integration of a Link 16 weapon data link and updated seeker software algorithms (termed AGM-154C- 1 variant) began in
fiscal 2006 to provide a capability against at-sea moving/relocat-able targets in fiscal 2013. The C- 1, now in FRP, successfully
completed its first free-flight test in August 2011 and completed developmental testing in late 2011. The JSOW C- 1 program
entered into operational testing in 2013.
LENGTH:...................... 13. 3 feet
WEIGHT: ....................... 1,065 pounds (approx.)
RANGE:........................low-altitude, 12 nautical miles; high-altitude,
65 nautical miles
WARHEADS: ................AGM-154A/145 BLU- 97 combined-effects
bomblets; AGM-154A- 1, 500-pound BLU- 111
warhead; AGM-154B, 6 P3I BLU- 108 sensor-
fuzed-weapon submunitions; AGM-154C/C- 1,
Broach multistage warhead
CONTRACTOR: ...........Raytheon Missile Systems
GBU-31/32/38/54 JOINT DIRECT
ATTACK MUNITIONS (JDAM)
BRIEFING: JDAM is a guidance kit that converts existing
unguided bombs into precision-guided “smart” munitions.
JDAM improves the accuracy of unguided bombs in any weather condition. It can be employed from every Navy and Marine
Corps fighter-attack aircraft.
JDAM’s five configurations are: GBU- 31 with a 2,000-pound
Mk84 or BLU- 117 blast-fragmentation warhead; GBU- 31 with a
2,000-pound BLU- 109 hard-target penetration warhead; GBU- 32
with a 1,000-pound Mk83 or BLU- 110 blast-fragmentation
warhead; GBU- 38 with a 500-pound Mk82, BLU- 111 blast-fragmentation warhead or BLU- 126 low-collateral-damage warhead; and the Laser JDAM (GBU- 54) with a 500-pound Mk82,
BLU- 111 blast-fragmentation warhead or BLU- 126 low-collateral-damage warhead.
JDAM allows aircraft to employ weapons accurately against
targets on the ground. JDAM features INS and GPS equipment
combined with a tail control system for guidance. Target coordinates can be loaded into the aircraft before takeoff, manually after
takeoff but before weapon release and automatically entered
through target designation with onboard aircraft sensors. This
information then is passed down from the aircraft to the weapon.
JDAM enables multiple weapons to be directed against single or
multiple targets on a single pass.
JDAM can be launched from very low to very high altitudes
in a dive, toss or loft and in straight and level flight with an on-axis or off-axis delivery. JDAM enables multiple weapons to be
directed against single or multiple targets on a single pass. Once
released from the aircraft, the JDAM navigates to the target
autonomously. In its most accurate mode, when GPS data is
available, the JDAM system will have an area of error of less
than 5 meters (about 17 feet).
GBU- 54 Laser JDAM significantly enhances operational flexibility by adding a field-installed laser sensor kit to standard
JDAM. Laser JDAM retains JDAM’s capability to engage fixed
targets in any weather condition, while adding a clear-weather
capability to engage fast moving and maneuvering targets or
fixed targets that have large target location error. Laser JDAM
currently utilizes the 500-pound Mk82/BLU- 111 or the 500-
pound low collateral damage BLU- 126 warhead as the payload.
JDAM is compatible with B-1B, B-2A, B-52H, AV-8B, A- 10, F-
15E, F/A-18A+/C/D/E/F, F-16C/D and F-22A aircraft. Follow-on
integration efforts are under way to evaluate compatibility with
the F-35A/B/C Lightning II joint strike fighter and MQ- 9 Reaper
unmanned aerial vehicle.
GBU- 31 GBU- 31 GBU- 32 GBU-38/B GBU- 54
(V)2/B (V)4/B (V)2/B
LENGTH:.............. 13. 1.......... 12. 4........... 12............. 7. 8............ 7. 8
WEIGH T (avg.):..... 2,085........ 2, 162....... 1,031..........558 ...........581
CON TRACTOR: ...........Boeing IDS
GBU- 54 LASER JOINT DIRECT ATTACK MUNITION