Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Armament Directorate hits milestone

JASSM-ER missile release from B-1 bomber.
USAF photo
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Armament Directorate celebrated a milestone with delivery of the first production lot of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range missiles to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, last month. The JASSM family of weapons, JASSM and JASSM-ER variants, are autonomous, long-range, conventional air-to ground, precision guided missiles. The weapons provide focused lethality to strike highly defended, high value targets. The JASSM Program Office at Eglin Air Force Base, working with contractor Lockheed Martin Missile Fire and Control in Orlando Fla., jointly spearheaded the development, testing and fielding of this newest JASSM variant. With little change in design, the JASSM's newest accomplishment provides a weapon that can reach targets more than two and half times farther than its predecessor, while still hitting its target with accuracy. Seventy percent of the hardware and 90 percent of software are common between the two variants. (Source: AFNS, 04/08/14)