US Marines test joint air-to-surface missile at AF Base Florida


U.S. Marines from Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron One conducted an operational test and evaluation of the joint air-to-surface missile November 3-7, 2021, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Marine Corps Aviation Flight Line Pfc. Judge Estrada, of Rialto, Calif., And Cpl. Nathaniel Franco, from San Diego, Calif., Assigned to Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) work on the transmission of an AH-1Z Viper to ensure the aircraft remains ready during operational test and l Air- Ground Missile Assessment (JAGM), Nov. XX, 2021. VMX-1 fired and assessed the JAGM to determine its suitability and effectiveness in supporting advanced expeditionary base operations, such as the conduct of denial of sea operations in coasts and support for sea control operations.

Unit testers fired the weapon from an AH-1Z Viper helicopter. The assessment of the JAGM aimed to determine its suitability and effectiveness in supporting advanced expeditionary base operations, such as conducting denial of sea operations on shorelines and supporting sea control operations.

Each service branch as well as industry partners were on hand to observe and analyze data from the test event. This event can lead to significant improvements in the lethality of attack helicopters by arming them with newer ammunition equipped with two sensor technologies and optimizes missile performance on maritime targets.

“To see these professionals from all departments and industry come together to test the effectiveness and work on improving this weapon system is truly a phenomenal experience,” said Colonel Byron Sullivan, commanding officer of VMX- 1. “The team is doing everything possible to ensure that this ability will be the necessary upgrade that enhances our ability to use precision strikes against fast moving sea targets.”

The team observed the test from different locations, focusing on weather considerations, telemetry and instrumentation, coordinating with the pilots, and observing the impact area. Ultimately, the data collected will be analyzed to determine the overall effectiveness of the system and develop tactics, techniques and procedures for its use.

The planning, coordination and execution of the 780 Test Squadron of the 96 Test Wing laid the foundation for this successful test. Several Eglin teams supported the Marines and their aircraft in test readiness, including the 96th Maintenance Group and the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

“Executing this type of concept development is very critical to getting it right on paper and putting more efficient systems in the hands of the fighter,” said Major Thomas Hutson, Head of the Assault Support Department at VMX-1. and member of the JAGM test. team.

Marine Corps aviation ordnance Marines assigned to Marine Operational Assessment and Test Squadron One (VMX-1) perform operational checks on AH-1Z Viper to ensure the aircraft remains ready during the test Operational and Air-to-Surface Missile (JAGM) Evaluation, Nov. 4, 2021. VMX-1 fired and assessed the JAGM to determine its suitability and effectiveness in supporting advanced expeditionary base operations and distributed operations, such as conducting denial of sea operations in the coasts and supporting sea control operations. (Marine Corps photo by Maj.Jay Hernandez)
Marine Corps aviation maintenance personnel assigned to the Marine Operations Evaluation and Test Squadron (VMX-1) work on the blade cuff and transmission of an AH-1Z Viper to ensure the aircraft remains ready during operational test and common air-to-ground missile (JAGM) assessment, November 4, 2021. VMX-1 fired and assessed the JAGM to determine its suitability and effectiveness in supporting advanced expeditionary base operations and distributed operations, such as conducting denial of sea operations in coastal areas and supporting sea control operations. (Marine Corps photo by Maj.Jay Hernandez)


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