Raytheon officials say the company recently delivered the 2,000th Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) to the US Air Force. The event marked 48 months of on-time deliveries to JSOW users—USAF, Navy, and Marine Corps, assert company officials. JSOW production moves into Block II next year—at a “significantly lower” unit price, they say. Raytheon and the Navy are working on a Block III version for 2009.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.