Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $350 million increase to an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) production support.
According to the statement from U.S. DoD, the contractor will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM, JASSM-Extended Range (JASSM-ER), Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), and any JASSM variant in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support.
The contract work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed by April 17, 2022. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) is a low observable standoff air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) developed by American defence major, Lockheed Martin. It is a large, stealthy long-range weapon with a 1,000 pound (454 kg) armor piercing warhead and an operational range of 370 km (230 mi).
As of 2014, the JASSM has entered foreign service in Australia, Finland, and Poland.
AGM-158B JASSM-ER (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range) is the extended range version of the JASSM missile which entered service in 2014. It has a reported range of 925+ km (575+ mi).
In March 2016, Lockheed Martin began analysis on an enhanced wing design to further increase range. The enhanced wing design is scheduled to be incorporated into production Lot 17.
AGM-158C LRASM (Long Range Anti-Ship Missile) is a stealthy anti-ship cruise missile under development for the U.S. Air Force and the Navy by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The LRASM was intended to pioneer more sophisticated autonomous targeting capabilities than the U.S. Navy’s current Harpoon anti-ship missile, which has been in service since 1977.
The air-launched variant provides an early operational capability for the U.S. Navy’s offensive anti-surface warfare (ASuW) Increment I requirement to be integrated onboard the U.S. Air Force’s B-1B Lancer strategic bombers in 2018 and on the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets in 2019.
In 2017, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has been awarded a $86.5 million contract for LRASM Lot 1 production.