USAF Approves FRP for LM's JASSM-ER
The U.S. Air Force has approved full rate production for Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER).
JASSM-ER successfully completed U.S. Air Force Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) flight testing in 2013. During IOT&E, the program had a 95 percent success rate, scoring 20 successes in 21 flights. Lots 11 and 12 of the JASSM contract awarded in December 2013 included 100 ER missiles.
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“The full rate production decision demonstrates that our customer, at all levels of the U.S. Air Force, has confidence in JASSM-ER,” said Jason Denney, long-range strike systems program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “JASSM-ER provides warfighters with a first day, first strike capability in an anti-access, area-denial environment.”
Armed with a dual-mode penetrator and blast-fragmentation warhead, JASSM and JASSM-ER cruise autonomously day or night in all weather conditions. Both missiles share the same powerful capabilities and stealthy characteristics, though JASSM-ER has more than two-and-a-half times the range of the baseline JASSM for greater standoff margin. These 2,000-pound cruise missiles employ an infrared seeker and Global Positioning System receiver to dial into specific target aimpoints.
JASSM and JASSM-ER are critical weapons for the U.S. Air Force. Extremely effective against high-value, well-fortified, fixed and relocatable targets, the stealthy JASSM-ER is integrated on the U.S. Air Force’s B-1B. JASSM is integrated on the U.S. Air Force’s B-2, B-52, F-16, F-15E, and internationally, on the Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18A/B.
Produced at the company’s award-winning manufacturing facility in Troy, Alabama, more than 1,500 JASSM cruise missiles have been assembled for testing and operational use toward a total U.S. Air Force objective of 4,900.
Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) - view original press release