Enter the search term, “suspected US missile strike,” and the Internet will return nearly 100,000 entries that make assertions to that effect. On the other hand, sometimes there is no assertion or suspicion necessary, as with the May 6 Airpower Summary from CENTAF (US Air Forces Central), which noted, “An Air Force MQ-1B Predator used a Hellfire missile to target enemy gunmen firing from a rooftop near Gereshk [Afghanistan]. The gunmen had been shooting at a friendly ground force, who in turn called in the airstrike…”
Whether suspected or acknowledged, it seems obvious that air-delivered US rocket and missile systems remain key elements of ongoing military operations. In the case of the US Army, those systems are grouped under the Joint Attack Munition Systems (JAMS) project office. Within that office, four separate product managers oversee development and acquisition activities across a range of rockets and missile systems that support US warfighter requirements.
One of those product managers, Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Barrie, provided a recent update on the products lines within JAMS to the recent “Quad-A” (Army Aviation Association of America) annual meeting. According to Barrie, the JAMS project office encompasses four separate product lines: Small Guided Munitions, which includes both the “Viper Strike” and “Griffin” programs; 2.75-inch rockets; Hellfire; and JAGM (Joint Air to Ground Missile), for which Barrie serves as the product manager.
Enter the search term, “suspected US missile strike,” and the Internet will return nearly…
by Tactical-Life.com / Dec 3, 2009