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U.S. Air Force Major Jacob Rohrbach, a pilot assigned to the 40th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, releases the first Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range, or JASSM-ER, from an F-16 over the Gulf of Mexico on September 19th, 2018. The test gathered data on safe separation and software integration of the JASSM-ER, and demonstrated the Eglin test range’s ability to monitor and control test items in flight over the Gulf of Mexico.

Pentagon Awards Lockheed Martin Nearly $1 Billion for Cruise Missiles

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon has awarded Lockheed Martin $946 million for the extended range of the defense giants’ joint allied long-range missiles, or JASSM-ER, the defense ministry announced on Wednesday.
The multi-million dollar prize is awarded to 360 lots of 17 JASSM Extended Range (ER) missiles; 40 Lot 17 military sales abroad (FMS) JASSM-ER missiles; and 390 missiles Lot 18 JASSM-ER.
JASSM is a conventional long-range, air-to-ground precision missile destined for the United States and Allied forces.
Designed to destroy high-value, well-defended, fixed and movable targets, the wide range of JASSM spacer’s keeps crews well away from hostile air defense systems.
As for the JASSM-ER, this missile is integrated on the B-1B, the F-15E and is currently completing the integration for the internal bay and the wings of the B-52H, F-35 Lightning II and F-16C/D. Internationally, JASSM is transported on aircraft F/A-18A / B and F-18C/D.
The company’s website said that with superior performance and affordability, JASSM and JASSM-ER offer the best value of all weapons in their class.
Low rate production of JASSM-ER was authorized in January 2011.
The US Air Force successfully completed the first flight tests and operational evaluation (IOT & E) of JASSM-ER in May 2013.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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