Lockheed Martin Awarded U.S. Air Force Contract for JASSM-XR Very Long-Range Cruise Missile

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract for the development of the JASSM-XR (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extreme Range) very long-range cruise missile for the U.S. Air Force.

The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, worth around $51 million, was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at the Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

This contract effort includes all all-up round level systems engineering and programmatic activities to align and phase the work necessary to design, develop, integrate, test, and verify component and subsystem design changes to the JASSM-XR baseline electronics, hardware, firmware, and operational flight software.

JASSM-XR will also include preparation for final all-up round integration, system-level ground and flight testing, qualification, and incorporation into a future production baseline engineering change proposal. This effort will concurrently mature a new missile control unit and necessary hardware and infrastructure to support future JASSM-XR production cut in.

The contract work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2023.

JASSM-XR is the extremely long-range variant of the the AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile), a long-range, low observable, air-launched stand-off cruise missile developed by Lockheed Martin. JASSM is designed to destroy enemy air defenses and high value, well defended, fixed and relocatable targets while keeping aircraft safely out of range from hostile air defense systems.

JASSM-XR is a six-meter-long, 5,000 pound-class weapon and can fly out to 1,000 nautical miles to deliver a lethal payload of up to 2,000 pounds precisely on target. Due to its high operational range and payload capacity, the cruise missile can reach deep into enemy territory with a large warhead to destroy hardened underground facilities and cave and bunker complexes.

Once operational, the JASSM-XR missile would be carried by heavy fighter jets and bombers.

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