The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded a $116.8m contract to Lockheed Martin for the production of the joint air-to-surface standoff missile (JASSM) and its extended range (ER) version.
The contract represents an additional option included in the Lot 14 contract awarded in December 2015.
Under the terms of the new contract, the company will supply 100 JASSM-ER missiles, bringing the total number of JASSM and JASSM-ER missiles delivered or under contract with the USAF to more than 2,700.
Work under this contract option will be performed at the company’s production facility in Troy, Alabama, and is scheduled to be complete by June 2019.
JASSM is a long-range, conventional, air-to-ground, precision standoff missile designed to destroy high-value, well-defended, fixed and re-locatable 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 aim-point on the target.
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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.