JASSM Wins Royal Australian Air Force AIR 5418 Program


Released on Thursday, March 2, 2006
Australia
United States of America
AGM-158A JASSM
F-111F Aardvark
F-35A Lightning II
F-35B Lightning II
F-35C Lightning II
F/A-18A Hornet
F/A-18B Hornet
FOSOW - Follow-on Standoff Weapon
JASSM - Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile
RAAF - Royal Australian Air Force
USA - United States of America
USAF - United States Air Force
The Australian Ministry of Defence has selected the Lockheed Martin JASSM, a stealthy, air-to-surface missile, as the preferred solution for its AIR 5418 Follow-on Standoff Weapon (FOSOW) requirement. This marks the first international sale of JASSM, originally developed for the US Air Force. The contract includes production, integration and support of the advanced weapon.

JASSM provides the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with the capability to strike both land-based and maritime targets. The missile will be equipped with a data link to permit position updates on moving targets or missile retargeting after launch. In addition, the F/A-18 integration schedule proposed by Lockheed Martin enables retirement of the Australian F-111 aircraft on schedule.

JASSM deliveries to the RAAF will begin in 2009, with the missile initially slated for integration on Australian F/A-18 aircraft. JASSM may be employed by the F-35 aircraft. Australia is one of the international partners developing the F-35 and is in final evaluation of options to buy up to 100 of the aircraft.

Lockheed Martin plans to integrate the RAAF JASSM production into its existing production line at the Lockheed Martin Pike County Operations facility in Troy, Alabama (USA). This will reduce the overall cost of the system to Australia and ensure that production schedule requirements are met. The US Air Force plans to continue JASSM production through 2018.

JASSM is an autonomous, precision-standoff missile designed to destroy high-value, well-defended, fixed and relocateable targets. The missile has a range of over 200 nautical miles and features high survivability in hostile environments. JASSM's pinpoint accuracy and 1,000-pound warhead make it highly effective against a wide range of targets.

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