$101.1M for 376 AGM-154C JSOWs
Raytheon Co. in Tucson, AZ received a $101.1 million firm-fixed-price contract for the 3rd full rate production lot (FRP-3) of 376 AGM-154C Unitary Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW-C). Special tooling and special test equipment (ST/STE), technical and financial data, an inert unit for ordnance testing, containers for the missiles, performance characterization test, and cost reduction initiatives are also included in this contract. Work will be performed in Tucson, AZ, and is expected to be complete in February 2009. This contract was not competitively procured by the Naval Air Systems Command (N00019-07-C-0093).
The JSOW has proven to be a popular weapon, in the USA and abroad. DID has explained the JSOW-C Block II precision glide bomb, and how it differs from earlier versions; this Augusta Chronicle graphic is also useful for understanding JSOW’s general concept. Note that the USA’s FY 2007 budget request included $125 million for procurement of 397 weapons, plus another $27.4 million for R&D. All of this production is going to the US Navy, as the US Air Force terminated its procurement of JSOW in FY 2005, in favor of other weapons.