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Lockheed Martin announced on 6 February that its Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) has achieved full operational capability on Boeing's F-15E STRIKE EAGLE.

The aircraft becomes the first Universal Armament Interface (UAI)-compliant platform to field JASSM-ER. UAI-compliant aircraft feature standardized interfaces to support future weapon integration. The baseline JASSM was the first missile ever to be integrated onto a UAI platform. The US Air Force (USAF) Seek Eagle Office led the F-15E STRIKJE EAGLE JASSM-ER and JASSM integration.

Armed with a penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead, JASSM-ER and JASSM can be used in all weather conditions. They share the same powerful capabilities and stealth characteristics, though JASSM-ER has more than two-and-a-half times the range of JASSM for greater standoff distance. These highly accurate cruise missiles also employ an infrared seeker and enhanced digital anti-jam GPS to dial into specific points on targets.

Effective against high-value, well-fortified, fixed and relocatable targets, JASSM-ER is also integrated on the B1-B and currently in the process of integration on the F-16C/D and the internal bay and wings of the B-52H. JASSM is integrated on USAF B-1B, B-2, B-52, F-16 and F-15E. Internationally, JASSM is carried on the F/A-18A/B, F-18C/D and F-16 Block 52 aircraft. Produced at the company's manufacturing facility in Troy, AL, more than 2,150 JASSMs have been delivered.

"Fielding on the F-15E STRIKE EAGLE expands JASSM-ER's mission flexibility," explained Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s Program Director of Long-Range Strike Systems, Jeffrey Foley. "With its greater than 500 nautical-mile standoff range and planned block upgrades currently in work, JASSM-ER provides an impressive tactical advantage for US and allied warfighters."

Tim Mahon

 

 

Lockheed Martin’s JASSM-ER has been declared fully operational on the F-15E STRIKE EAGLE. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

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