Tuesday, February 19, 2013

AGM-158 JASSM completes reliability assessment program testing

The AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) recently completed Reliability Assessment Program (RAP) Lot 6 testing with 2 final tests:
  • destruction of a target by a JASSM released by a B-52 bomber aircraft at 35000 feet and at Mach 0.71
  • destruction of a target by a JASSM released by a B-1B bomber aircraft at 25000 feet and at Mach 0.85

The JASSM is a precision guided cruise missile developed by Lockheed Martin designed to be:
  • fully autonomous
  • low observable
  • highly accurate
  • attack from long / standoff range
  • usable in all-weather conditions
  • usable against both fixed and moving targets

The JASSM is guided by inertial navigation and the global positioning system with terminal guidance and target recognition by an imaging infrared seeker. It is intended to be used against high-value and well defended targets with a high probability of success.

An upgraded version is the JASSM-Extended Range (JASSM-ER), which has a Williams International F107-WR-105 turbofan and more fuel to increase its range to almost 925 km.

Over 1200 JASSM have already been produced and the weapon has been integrated on various platforms, including the F-16 and F-15. It has also been exported to other countries such as Australia.

Length: 4.27 m
Wingspan: 2.4 m
Weight: 1020 kg
Warhead: 450 kg
Range: 370 km
Propulsion: Teledyne CAE J402-CA-100 turbojet, 3.0 kN thrust


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