Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) has secured a $302m contract from the US Department of Defense for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) programme.
Under the deal, Lockheed will be responsible for JASSM production, system upgrades, integration, sustainment, management and logistical support.
The JASSM is a long-range, conventional, air-to-ground, precision standoff missile designed for the US and allied forces to destroy high-value, well-defended, fixed and relocatable targets.
According to Lockheed Martin, JASSM’s significant standoff range keeps aircrews well out of danger from hostile air defense systems.
The 2,000-pound class weapon with a penetrator / blast fragmentation warhead employs precision routing and guidance in adverse weather, day or night, using an infrared seeker in addition to the anti-jam GPS to find a specific aimpoint on the target.
Currently, JASSM is integrated on multiple aircraft such as the B-1, B-2, B-52, F-16, and F-15E.
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The contract includes foreign military sales (FMS) to integrate JASSM onto Poland’s F-16C/D aircraft and to support F/A-18C/D aircraft integration for Finland.
The company will carry out the work in Troy, Alabama, in support of the FMS deal and is expected to complete it by 29 June 2019.
In October, the company won a $305.4m contract from the US Air Force for continued production of the JASSM and its extended range (ER) version.
The Lot 13 contract includes 140 baseline JASSMs for US and international partners, 140 JASSM-ER missiles, data, tooling and test equipment.