AGM-158 JASSM: Lockheed’s Family of Stealthy Cruise Missiles

February 8/24: A $908 million order for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles by the government of the Netherlands has been approved by the US State Department. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Monday it submitted certification to Congress for the foreign military sale, including extended-range and inert JASSMs and various test vehicles. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will be the prime contractor fulfilling the order, which specifies 120 units of AGM-158B/B-2 JASSM-ER all-up rounds and 15 AGM-158 Inert JASSMs along with their test instrumentation kits. The Dutch government also ordered JASSM separation, jettison and instrumented test vehicles.

 

 

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JASSM-ER from B-1B (click to view full) The 2,000 pound AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) is intended to be a stealthy, inexpensive GPS/IIR (Global Positioning system/ Imaging InfraRed) guided cruise missile. It’s designed to attack well-defended targets without putting its carrier aircraft in the crosshairs of new long-range surface to air missile systems. JASSM has experienced a rocky development history, due to long-standing reliability issues. In 2005 it was threatened with cancellation following a series of poor test results. The program went through 2007 on an ongoing roller coaster of ups and downs, and by May 2009 it appeared the program was facing cancellation once again. A production hiatus did take place between Lot 7 and FY 2010’s Lot 8 in FY 2010, but test results allowed the USAF to move forward, and the missile is beginning to win export orders. The JASSM Missile Family F/A-18 & test JASSMs (click to view full) JASSM family missiles are guided by a combination of GPS/INS positioning en route, and Imaging Infrared (IIR) for final targeting. They carry a dual-mode penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead at subsonic speed, in a body shape designed to have a very low radar profile. The US […]

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