U.S. Air Force tests JASSM-ER missiles

May 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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ORLANDO, Fla., May 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has completed Initial Operational Test and Evaluation flight testing of Lockheed's newest Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile.

In testing to validate the full operational capability for the B-1B/JASSM-ER weapon system, JASSM Extended Range missiles had a 95 percent success rate in engaging a variety of operationally representative targets in all operational flight modes.

"These flight tests demonstrate the operational effectiveness, suitability and overall mission capability of the JASSM-ER system," said Dave Melvin, long-range strike systems program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "The successful completion of the testing program was the final milestone before a planned full-rate production decision, expected later in 2013."

JASSM is an autonomous, air-to-ground, precision-guided standoff missile with an infrared seeker and enhanced digital anti-jam GPS. It is integrated on the U.S. Air Force's B-1, B-2, B-52, F-16 and F-15E aircraft.

Lockheed said it has been integrated on Australia's F/A-18A/B aircraft.

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