$65M to Give JASSMs Dynamic Targeting and Reporting via Data Link

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JASSM with F-16 The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (AGM-158 JASSM) semi-stealth cruise missile’s faced development troubles in 2005. Its 2006 budgetary allocations were $67 million for continued research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), and another $98.7 million for procurement of 75 missiles plus support. More recently Australia selected it while an $80 million USAF contract was awarded for Lot 5 unit production of 70 missiles plus support and minor R&D activities. One missing element was a weapon datalink to allow in-flight updates of the missile status and targeting, plus the transmission of weapon position data up to the time of impact. This is currently present in the USA’s Tactical Tomahawk Block IV and the Navy’s SLAM-ER, but not in JASSM or in competing stealthy cruise missiles like the Taurus 350 or MBDA Storm Shadow. That’s about to change… Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando, FL just received a $65 million cost plus fixed-fee, fixed-price contract modification to provide for JASSM weapons data link development. The scheduled completion date is September 2009, and the Headquarters Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base, FL issued the contract (FA8682-04-D-0306-P00006). UPDATE: (Sept 19/06) Flight International reports that Lockheed Martin Missiles & […]

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