Raytheon has conducted a series of free-flight demonstrations of the joint stand-off weapon (JSOW) AGM-154-C from an F-16IN fighter aircraft, as part of the Indian Air Force (IAF) medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA) competition.

The MMRCA programme is a competition to procure 126 new aircraft for the IAF.

The JSOW is a family of low-cost, air-to-ground weapons that employs an integrated GPS-inertial navigation system and terminal infrared seeker that guide the weapon to the target.

The system has a maximum range of 130km from high altitude and can penetrate more than 1.5m of reinforced concrete.

Raytheon’s JSOW programme director Phyllis McEnroe said the JSOW was already integrated on the F/A-18 Super Hornet and had been employed from that platform numerous times.