U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin $413 Million for JASSM-ER Production

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Lockheed Martin received a $413.8 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for Lot 15 production of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)-Extended Range (ER) version. The production lot that includes 360 JASSM-ER missiles, brings the total JASSM-ER missiles under contract to 910, and to more than 3,000 missiles for JASSM and JASSM-ER combined. 2,150 JASSMs have been delivered to date from Lockheed Martin’s automated manufacturing facility in Troy, Alabama.

Effective against high-value, well-fortified, fixed and relocatable targets, JASSM is integrated on the U.S. Air Force’s B-1B, B-2, B-52, F-16 and F-15E. The B-1B also carries JASSM-ER. Internationally, JASSM is carried on the F/A-18A/B and the F-18C/D aircraft.

These 2,000-pound cruise missiles employ an infrared seeker and enhanced digital anti-jam GPS receiver to dial into specific points on targets. Armed with a penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead, both missiles can be used in all weather conditions. Both types share the same powerful capabilities and stealthy characteristics, though JASSM-ER has more than two-and-a-half times the range of JASSM for greater standoff range.