Lockheed to provide support to integrate JASSM on Polish F-16C/D aircraft


Lockheed Martin has secured a contract to support the integration of the joint air-to-surface standoff missile (JASSM) with the Polish Air Force F-16C/D aircraft.

Under the estimated $7.9m Foreign Military Sales (FMS) sale awarded by the US Air Force (USAF), the company will provide support for a broad range of certification and flight activity.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control long range strike systems international programme manager Bob Adams said: "Our airworthiness efforts expand and refine JASSM's employment flexibility on Polish jets, ensuring the Polish Air Force has this vital cruise missile capability.

"JASSM's high-reliability and effectiveness allows the missile to defeat current and future threats in challenging environments."

"JASSM's high-reliability and effectiveness allows the missile to defeat current and future threats in challenging environments."

This second contract for Poland includes support for a broad range of certification and flight activity. Integrated logistics support and programme and technical oversight will conclude in 2018. Poland became JASSM's third international customer in September 2015.

The JASSM is a long-range, conventional, air-to-ground, precision standoff missile designed to destroy high-value, well-defended, fixed and relocatable targets.

A 2,000lb class weapon with a penetrator / blast fragmentation warhead, JASSM is equipped with precision routing and guidance in severe weather, day or night, using an infrared seeker and anti-jam GPS to identify a particular aimpoint on the target.

The JASSM is integrated on multiple aircraft including the bombers B-1B, B-2, B-52, and fighter jets F-16 and F-15E. The B-1B also carries JASSM-ER.

Internationally, JASSM is certified on the Royal Australian Air Force's F/A-18.

Lockheed Martin manufactures JASSMs at its production facility in Troy, Alabama. The company has to date delivered more than 1,800 JASSMs.

In September 2014, Poland requested the supply of 40 AGM-158A JASSM, along with two AGM-158A JASSM live with test instrumentation kit (TIK) and flight termination systems (FTS), two AGM-158A JASSM inert with TIK and FTS, as well as two flight certification test vehicle from the US federal government.

Additionally, it covered provision for operational flight plan upgrade to M6.5 tape for the Polish F-16C/D Block 52 aircraft to include JASSM integration, missile containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, and other related elements of logistical and programme support.