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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