The Lockheed Martin-built joint air-to-surface standoff missile (JASSM) has concluded its universal armament interface (UAI) assisted integration into the F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft with a successful all-up round (AUR) flight test.
During the testing, conducted at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the missile navigated to and intercepted its intended target, following launch at an altitude of 22,000ft and a speed of Mach 0.85, meeting all mission success parameters.
These parameters included the demonstration of successful end-to-end JASSM capability on the aircraft and evaluation of the missile operational flight software programme that was written for the UAI.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control business JASSM programme director Alan Jackson said: ”JASSM on the F-15E will enhance that tactical fighter’s capabilities by broadening the range of options available to warfighters.”
The successful AUR test represents the first time installation of JASSM or any missile on to a platform using the UAI, and was supervised by the Air Force Seek Eagle Office (AFSEO).
Initiated by the US Air Force (USAF), the UAI programme is an effort aimed to improve the integration cycle of new precision-guided munitions into an aircraft, without modifying each weapon and platform’s operational flight programme software.
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Equipped with an infrared seeker and GPS receiver to aim specific targets, the JASSM is a 2,000lb autonomous, long-range, air-to-ground, precision standoff missile, designed to destroy high-value, well-defended, fixed and re-locatable targets.
The stealthy missiles feature a dual-mode penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, and are capable of cruising autonomously day or night in all weather conditions.
Apart from F-15E, the JASSM is installed aboard the USAF’s B-1, B-2, B-52, F-16 aircraft and is also certified for use on the Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets.
The company has to date assembled more than 1,100 JASSMs at its manufacturing facility in Alabama, US, for testing and operational use with a total objective of 4,900 JASSM missiles.
Image: An F-15E Strike Eagle fires JASSM during all-up round flight test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US. Photo: Copyright Lockheed Martin Corporation.