In accordance with the rearmament program, the US Army attack helicopters will be equipped with JAGM (Joint Air Group Missile) anti-tank missiles instead of the famous AGM-114 Hellfire, which entered service in the 1980s.
The Hellfire missile was designed to destroy Soviet heavy tanks in the event of a war in the European theater of operations within a radius of up to 8 km. The missile is 1.6–1.8 m long, 178 mm in diameter, and weighs 45–50 kg. AGM-114 was equipped with a cumulative warhead weighing 8 kg. Attack army helicopters AN-64 Apache carried up to 16 missiles simultaneously. They were also armed with the "Cobra" attack helicopters of the Marine Corps and the MH-60R "Romeo" helicopters of the Navy, respectively, for the destruction of land and sea targets.
AGM-114 Hellfire was aimed at the target with the help of a laser pointer by the operator from the helicopter. In a later version, the laser guidance system was supplemented by a millimeter-wave radar. The missiles were actively used in Iraq in 1991 and in Afghanistan - including against militant groups and for the destruction of ammunition depots.
JAGM is essentially a further development of Hellfire. It has the same engine, the same warhead, range and combined guidance system. It destroys various targets - land and sea. However, there are also differences. So, a version with a programmable warhead with a delayed detonation has been developed to destroy buried bunkers: the rocket first penetrates inside and only after that the detonation occurs.
According to Defense News, the JAGM is weatherproof. Unlike its predecessor, it can destroy high-speed moving targets on the "fire and forget" principle. AGM-114 Hellfire aimed at the target operator, while he was forced to constantly keep the target in the crosshairs of the laser sight.