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TypeBeyond-visual-range air-to-air missile
Place of originUnited States
Service history
In serviceIn development. Expected end of 2023.[1][2]
Production history
DesignerLockheed Martin
Maximum firing range200 km (120 mi)[3]
WarheadHigh explosive blast-fragmentation

Maximum speed Mach 5
inertial guidance, two way data link, active radar homing

The AIM-260 Joint Advanced Tactical Missile (JATM) is an American beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) under development by Lockheed Martin.[3] Designed to address advanced threats,[4] the missile is expected to replace or supplement the AIM-120 AMRAAM currently in US service.

This program differs from the Long-Range Engagement Weapon being developed by Raytheon.[5]


Initial launch platforms were and currently are expected to be the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor and the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, with integration with the F-35 Lightning II and F-15EX Eagle II being planned afterward.[6]

The AIM-260 program began in 2017 in response to long-range missiles developed by potential adversaries, specifically the Chinese PL-15. FSAT testing for the JATM was confirmed to have started as early as April 2020,[7] and testing in general for the missile is currently ongoing. It is yet to achieve initial operational capability (IOC). The AIM-260 production is expected to overtake AIM-120 production by 2026.[6]

In November 2021 it was revealed that the missile will have similar dimensions to the AIM-120, in order to ensure a minimal disruption of launch platform technology[2] and ensure compatibility with the F-22 which would allow a decrease in the U.S. Air Force's fleet of F-22 due to the increase in combat effectiveness.[8]

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  2. ^ a b Newdick, Thomas (November 22, 2021). "Testing Of The Secretive New AIM-260 Long-Range Air-To-Air Missile Is Well Underway". Recurrent Ventures. The Drive.
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  5. ^ Trevithick, Joseph (June 21, 2019). "Meet The AIM-260, The Air Force And Navy's Future Long-Range Air-To-Air Missile". The Drive. Retrieved May 29, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Cohen, Rachel (June 20, 2019). Air Force Developing AMRAAM Replacement to Counter China. Air Force Magazine. Archived from the original on November 4, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "". Retrieved April 13, 2023.
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