Lockheed Martin’s JASSM Completes Product Verification Flight Tests

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Lockheed Martin’s JASSM Completes Product Verification Flight Tests
Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (Image: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) has completed two product verification flight tests at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. 

Focused on demonstrating the updated Global Positioning System (GPS) anti-jam hardware and software, flight testing verified effective operation in both GPS-degraded and non-jammed environments. B-2 and B-52 bomber aircraft launched the JASSM missiles at altitudes greater than 24,000 feet. The missiles navigated to and destroyed their intended targets, completing all mission objectives, the company said in a statement Wednesday.

Armed with a penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead, JASSM and JASSM-Extended Range (ER) can be used in all weather conditions. They 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. In addition to the digital anti-jam GPS receiver, these cruise missiles also employ an infrared seeker to dial into specific points on targets.

JASSM is integrated on the US 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. 

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