Lockheed Martin‘s joint air-to-surface standoff missile extended range (JASSM-ER) has attained full operational capability (FOC) on the F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft.
The JASSM-ER can be effectively used against high-value, well-fortified, fixed, and relocatable targets.
The F-15E multi-role strike fighter is flown by the US Air Force (USAF) and the airforces of allied nations.
The JASSM-ER’s Suite 8 operational flight programme has been integrated on to the fighter aircraft, making it the first Universal Armament Interface (UAI) compliant platform to field JASSM-ER.
Lockheed Martin’s JASSM-ER and JASSM are equipped with a penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead that makes the missiles suitable to be used in all weather conditions.
Sharing the same powerful capabilities and stealth characteristics, the highly accurate cruise missiles feature an infrared seeker and upgraded digital anti-jam global positioning system (GPS) to dial into specific points on targets.
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However, JASSM-ER provides more than two-and-a-half times the range of JASSM for greater standoff distance.
The integration of JASSM-ER and JASSM on to F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft was led by the USAF Seek Eagle Office.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control long-range strike systems programme director Jeffrey Foley said: “Fielding on the F-15E Strike Eagle expands JASSM-ER’s mission flexibility.
“With its greater than 500nm standoff range and planned block upgrades currently in work, JASSM-ER provides an impressive tactical advantage for the US and allied warfighters.”
In addition, JASSM-ER is already integrated on the USAF’s B1-B aircraft and is currently in the process of integration on the F-16C/D aircraft, as well as the internal bay and wings of the B-52H multi-role bomber.
JASSM is currently deployed on the USAF’s B-1B, B-2, B-52, F-16, and F-15E aircraft, while internationally, it is integrated on to the F/A-18A/B, F-18C/D, and F-16 Block 52 aircraft.
To date, more than 2,150 JASSMs have been delivered by the company, manufactured at Lockheed Martin facility in Troy, Alabama.