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Lockheed Martin AGM-179 JAGM

The AGM-179 JAGM (Joint Air-to-Ground Missile) is a program by the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps to develop a common replacement for the BGM-71 TOW, AGM-65 Maverick and AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-ground missiles.

JAGM was begun in 2007, as a direct successor to the cancelled AGM-169 JCM (Joint Common Missile). Both Raytheon and Lockheed Martin received contracts for risk reduction and seeker technology development over several years. The program came close to cancellation, but in the end, Lockheed Martin was awarded a development contract to integrate its new dual-mode laser and millimeter-wave radar seeker into the body of an AGM-114R Hellfire. The resulting missile was officially designated AGM-179A in 2016. The ATM-179B is the training variant without warhead. Because of its lineage, the AGM-179A is externally almost indistiguishable from the AGM-114R, and can be used by the same platforms.

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LRIP (Low-Rate Initial Production) of the AGM-179A began in 2018, and in 2022 the missile achieved IOC (Initial Operational Capability) with USMC's AH-1Z helicopters. Other countries plan to use the JAGM on the AH-64E Apache.

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Lockheed Martin has developed an upgraded variant called JAGM-MR (JAGM - Medium Range), with about twice the effective range of the baseline AGM-179A. It incorporates an improved rocket motor, and a new electromechanical control actuation system. Another variant in development is the AGM-187 JAGM-F (JAGM - Fixed Wing) for use with fast fixed-wing aircraft, i.e. jet fighters.


Note: Data given by several sources show slight variations. Figures given below may therefore be inaccurate!

Data for AGM-179A:

Length1.8 m (70 in)
Finspan34 cm (13.4 in)
Diameter18 cm (7 in)
Weight49 kg (108 lb)
SpeedMach 1.5
Range8 km (5 miles)
PropulsionSolid-propellant rocket
Warhead9 kg (20 lb); various options

Main Sources

[1] Wikipedia: AGM-179 JAGM

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Last Updated: 1 January 2024