Lockheed Martin's extended-range JASSM system has successfully performed its
first development flight test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico
recently. The JASSM air-to-surface standoff missile system is the world's first
stealthy conventional cruise missile.
Launched from a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer flying at Mach 0.80 and 20,000 feet
above the desert, the extended range JASSM (JASSM-ER) inert cruise missile
successfully separated from the B-1B, deployed its wings and tail, and started
its engine. After weapon release, the missile climbed to the designated cruise
altitude, navigated via predetermined waypoints and descended to a selected
altitude above ground level for target ingress. The missile performed a terminal
maneuver that enabled the missile to demonstrate the desired impact angle and
Currently JASSM-ER is in Phase II development, which includes design and
verification testing and culminates with flight testing. This flight test is the
first all-up-round flight test to verify modifications specific to the extended
range missile configuration. This flight will be followed by a series of
integrated Air Force and Lockheed Martin development and evaluation test flights
to prove out the JASSM-ER missile configuration on the B-1B aircraft platform.
Each flight will be an end-to-end test, with successive tests providing an
increasing evaluation of the total JASSM-ER system.
A 2,000-pound class weapon with a dual-mode penetrator and blast fragmentation
warhead, JASSM-ER cruises autonomously in adverse weather, day or night, using a
state-of-the-art infrared seeker in addition to the enhanced digital anti-jam
Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to find a specific aimpoint on the
target. Its stealthy airframe makes it extremely difficult for air defense
systems to engage.
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