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The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) munitions directorate awarded two competitive contracts for the first phase of development of a new cruise missile designed to defeat modern, integrated air defense systems (IADS).
Lockheed Martin has received an additional production orders worth $302.2 million for 286 baseline and extended range variants of the Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). The new order was negotiated with a previous order of 280 of these missiles, worth 305 million that was awarded in October.
DARPA has added a third flight test of an air-launched Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) to be conducted from a B-1B in 2013. There are already two air-launched flight tests scheduled for this year as part of the Phase 2 LRASM contract awarded in 2010.
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