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U.S. approves possible sale of JASSM-ER missiles to Poland

By Ryan Maass
The U.S. State Department has approved a proposed $200 million JASSM-ER missile sale to Poland. Photo by U.S. Air Force.
The U.S. State Department has approved a proposed $200 million JASSM-ER missile sale to Poland. Photo by U.S. Air Force.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles - Extended Range to Poland.

If approved, The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency estimates the sale could be valued at $200 million. Lockheed Martin is listed as the primary contractor for the pending deal.

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The decision clears the government of Poland's request for 70 AGM-158B JASSM-ER missiles, 2 AGM-158B Flight Test Vehicles, 2 AGM-158 Mass Simulant vehicles, and 1 Captive Carry variant of the AGM-158B Flight Test Vehicle. Also included in the package are F-16 C and D upgrades, training services, and additional supporting equipment.

In a statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the Foreign Military Sales program, says the pending sale will benefit U.S. foreign policy interests, as well as improving security for a NATO ally in central Europe by bolstering air-to-ground strike capabilities.

The Lockheed Martin-made Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles are precision missiles used to destroy high-value, well-defended targets. The weapons weigh roughly 2,000 pounds, and use infrared seekers in combination with anti-jam global positioning systems to track targets.

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