ST. LOUIS, 30 June 2010. LaBarge Inc. in St. Louis will provide complex military cable harnesses for the U.S. Navy AGM-154 1,000-pound precision-guided munition known as the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) under terms of $3 million in contracts for electronic cabling from Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz.
The AGM-154 JSOW air-to-surface glide weapons provide standoff capabilities from 15 nautical miles at low altitudes, and from as far as 60 nautical miles from high-altitude launches. The satellite-guided munition is in use by the U.S. Navy, as well as with allied armed forces.
LaBarge, a Raytheon-preferred supplier, is performing the work at its Berryville, Ark., and Joplin, Mo., facilities, and should finish production of JSOW military wiring harnesses on these contracts by November 2011.
JSOW is a launch-and-leave precision-guided weapon that uses a combination of GPS satellite guidance and inertial navigation system, and can operating during the day, at night, and in bad weather. The AGM-154A (JSOW A) uses GPS/INS for terminal guidance, while the AGM-154C (JSOW C) uses an infra-red seeker for terminal guidance.
The JSOW family uses a common and modular weapon body capable of carrying various payloads. Its long standoff range enables the glide bomb to be launched well outside the range of most enemy air defenses. For more information contact LaBarge online at www.labarge.com.