Was looking around for some info on the HELLFIRE today and came across this:
I’d heard about a AGM-114 replacement for years, starting with the JCM from way back; I figured since the JCM had so many issues, the JAGM would be a pipe dream, but it seems I’ve been proven wrong. It won’t be a replacement for the AGM-65 as was planned with the JCM (due to the IIR seeker being dropped), but the HELLFIRE has been getting more use over the past 17 years than the Maverick anyways. I do wonder if they’ll have interchangeable warheads or if they’ll try to do a one-size-fits-all approach.
Is it me or are they taking all the fun out of things by naming missiles with the “J-word”…
yeah, yeah, I know Joint is how we fight now and I was JSO-Joint Service Officer (I guess I still am since I am subject to recall) and have spent 6 of my 29 years in Joint Commands (Both EUCOM - in Germany and the UK).
But still, “Rockeye inbound” or “Hellfire away” is exciting and inspires fear. “JDAM inbound” or now “JAGM away” sounds so bureaucratic…like saying pass me a JPC (Joint Paper Clip)…just say’n
Probably a bit easier than trying to trademark a name, especially in this day and age of legal minefields! I’m sure some slang will evolve with time.
I can’t find a whole lot of data for the missile so I wonder how closely it correlates to the AGM-114’s launch modes. I’m going to guess it must have adjustable settings depending on the launch platform. I also wonder if the radar seeker is compatible with non-MMw radars; the Navy has apparently flight tested the missile on triple rail launchers with the super bug, which also raises questions as to whether or not they’ve extended the range out a bit from the old 8-10km figures.