US: The US Air Force has approved full rate production for Lockheed Martin’s Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER). According to the company’s press release, JASSM-ER has successfully completed US Air Force Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) flight testing. During IOT&E, the programme had a 95 % success rate, scoring 20 successes in 21 flights.
“The full rate production decision demonstrates that our customer, at all levels of the US Air Force, has confidence in JASSM-ER. JASSM-ER provides warfighters with a first day, first strike capability in an anti-access, area-denial environment,” said Jason Denney, long-range strike systems program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. The missile is believed to be armed with a dual-mode penetrator and blast-fragmentation warhead, JASSM and JASSM-ER cruise autonomously day or night in all weather conditions. Both missiles share the same powerful capabilities and stealthy characteristics, though JASSM-ER has more than two-and-a-half times the range of the baseline JASSM for greater standoff margin. These 2,000-pound cruise missiles employ an infrared seeker and GPS receiver to dial into specific target aimpoints.
Source: Lockheed Martin