Two successful product verification flight tests have recently been completed by Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. B-2 and B-52 bomber aircraft launched the JASSM missiles at altitudes greater than 24,000 feet.
"With these JASSM product updates, we continue to provide a wide range of affordable options that ensure a tactical advantage for U.S. and allied warfighters,” said Jason Denney, program director of Long-Range Strike Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
The test flights were conducted to demonstrate the updated Global Positioning System (GPS) anti-jam hardware and software and flight testing verified effective operation in both GPS-degraded and non-jammed environments.
The JASSM and JASSM-Extended Range (ER) are armed with a penetrating blast-fragmentation warheadand the missile can be used in all weather conditions.
Both weapons share the same powerful capabilities and stealth characteristics, though JASSM-ER has more than two-and-a-half times the range of JASSM for greater standoff distance.
The highly accurate cruise missiles also employ an infrared seeker to dial into specific points on targets, in addition to the enhanced digital anti-jam GPS receiver.
Effective against high-value, well-fortified, fixed and relocatable targets,
The JASSM has been integrated on the U.S. Air Force's B-1B, B-2, B-52, F-16 and F-15E, while theB-1B also carries JASSM-ER.
Internationally, JASSM is carried on the F/A-18A/B and the F-18C/D aircraft.
Lockheed Martin delivered the 2,000th JASSM to the U.S. Air Force in August 2016.