JAGM, which achieved the milestone on March 1, uses millimeter-wave radar and semi-active laser guidance to boost accuracy against targets on land and water, Naval Air Systems Command said Friday.
The Lockheed Martin-made air-to-surface missile underwent testing with an AH-1Z unit off Florida’s coast in November then proceeded to land-based evaluation in Arizona the following month. Rotary, fixed-wing and unmanned aircraft may equip the missile.
The IOC comes as Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 prepares to support a mission with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
“Incorporating systems such as JAGM on the AH-1Z is essential in keeping the platform at the forefront of warfighting capabilities,” said Col. Vasilios Pappas, USMC’s program manager for the H-1 light/attack helicopters.
USMC works with the Army to implement JAGM as the former seeks to modernize AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters.
Lockheed produced JAGM through authorization granted by the Department of Defense in 2018.