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|Type||Beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile|
|Place of origin||United States|
|In service||In development. Expected end of 2023.|
|Maximum firing range||200 km (120 mi)|
|Warhead||High 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. Designed to address advanced threats, 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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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