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Air Force orders more JASSMs from Lockheed Martin

Jan. 10, 2014 at 2:03 PM   |   Comments

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has ordered two production lots of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles from Lockheed Martin.

The two contracts for 340 baseline and 100 extended range missiles include provision of systems engineering, logistics support, tooling and test equipment. They are worth a combined total of $449 million.

"These contracts bring the total number of JASSM cruise missiles on contract to over 2,100, and underscore the U.S. Air Force's and Lockheed Martin's commitment to the (JASSM) program," said Jason Denney, program director of Long Range Strike Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "JASSM's high reliability and capability allow it to defeat high-value, well-defended current and future threats."

Lockheed said the Lot 11 and Lot 12 production contracts received are the first consecutive production lot orders the program has received at the same time.

JASSM is a 2,000 pound cruise missile with a dual-mode penetrator and blast-fragmentation warhead and infrared seeker and global positioning system to hone in on a target.

The weapon system is integrated on U.S. Air Force B-1B, B-2, B-52, F-16 and F-15E aircraft.

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