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  1. Metallic

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    JASSM achieves success in reliability flight tests
    UNITED STATES - 23 OCTOBER 2009

    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, or JASSM, successfully completed Lot 7 Reliability Assessment Program flight tests with a record of 15 successes out of 16 flights as officially scored by the independent test data scoring board Oct. 22.

    The tests were conducted by the U.S. Air Force at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., from Sept. 10 - Oct. 4, 2009, using B-52 bombers from Barksdale AFB, La., and F-16 fighters from Eglin against a wide range of targets in various operational scenarios.

    "The government/Lockheed Martin team has determined the most probable root causes of previous Lot 5 failures and implemented effective corrective actions in the Lot 7 missiles," said Col. Steve Demers, JASSM Program Manager and 308th Armament Systems Group commander. "It's very satisfying to see the results of the team's intense and persevering efforts. I couldn't be more proud of our JASSM team or the impressive missile we've built for the warfighter!"

    "As a result of these tests, I think the team has proven they did a very good job diagnosing and correcting the failures from previous shots," said Maj. Gen. Charles Davis, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons and Air Armament Center commander.

    "This successful flight test series verifies JASSM as a reliable weapon system, and underscores the Air Force's and Lockheed Martin's commitment to the program," said Alan Jackson, JASSM program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "We are very confident in the missile and worked closely with our suppliers to drive quality into every phase of the missile's manufacturing process. No other system provides the capability of JASSM."

    The successful tests pave the way for awarding the Lot 8 production contract, allowing Lockheed Martin and the Air Force to provide JASSM's critically important capabilities to our warfighters. JASSM was certified to Congress as essential to the nation's national security by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council in May of 2007.

    JASSM is the nation's only stealthy, conventional, precision, launch-and-leave, standoff missile capable of being launched from fighter and bomber aircraft. A 2,000-pound class weapon with a highly lethal combination penetrator/blast fragmentation warhead, JASSM cruises autonomously in adverse weather, day or night, using a state-of-the-art infrared seeker in addition to the anti-jam GPS to find a specific aimpoint on the target. Its stealthy airframe makes it extremely difficult to defeat putting adversary's center-of-gravity targets at risk even if protected by next-generation air defense systems.

    The baseline JASSM has a range of over 200 nautical miles and has achieved initial operations capability on the B-1, B-2, B-52 and F-16. The extended range version has a range of more than 500 nautical miles and shares approximately 70 percent common parts with the baseline variant. JASSM-ER is already integrated onto the B-1 Lancer and is scheduled to declare IOC in Fiscal Year 2013.




    The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, or JASSM, is seen during Lot 7 testing prior to impact and the very early phase of the warhead detonation. The target was a concrete hardened structure slightly buried. JASSM Reliability Testing was conducted at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., from Sept. 10 - Oct. 4, 2009



    The baseline JASSM has a range of over 200 nautical miles (= over 370 km) and has achieved initial operations capability on the B-1, B-2, B-52 and F-16.

    The extended range version ( JASSM-ER ) has a range of more than 500 nautical miles ( = over 926 km ) and shares approximately 70 percent common parts with the baseline variant. JASSM-ER is already integrated onto the U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancer and is scheduled to declare IOC in Fiscal Year 2013.


    The extended range version (JASSM-ER missile) has a range of more than 500 nautical miles (= more than 926 km)
     
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    Successful Test of Lockheed Martin’s Joint Air-To-Surface Standoff Missile Validates Missile Upgrades
    UNITED STATES - 1 FEBRUARY 2010

    A Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) underwent a successful Product Upgrade Verification (PUV) flight test on January 12 at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The missile was released from a B-52 aircraft and successfully navigated through a preplanned route before destroying its intended target.

    The primary test objectives of this flight were to provide final validation of a new missile control unit, recently upgraded actuator control electronics and a digital engine controller. The upgrades enhance missile performance and eliminate the risk of future component obsolescence.

    “This flight test continues our successful efforts to expand missile capability and demonstrate reliability,” said Alan Jackson, JASSM program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Flight validation of JASSM upgraded electronic subassemblies allows us to proceed with JASSM production well into the next decade.”

    JASSM is ahead of schedule to meet the new goal of 90 percent reliability by Lot 11. JASSM-Extended Range (ER), the longer range version of JASSM, has a 100 percent success rate. The ER system is 6 for 6 in flight tests.

    JASSM continues to be a critical weapon for the U.S. Air Force, with the eighth production lot under contract toward a total objective of 4,900 JASSMs and JASSM-ER. The baseline JASSM is also being produced for foreign military sale. Its ability to be integrated on multiple aircraft has been successfully demonstrated on the B-1, B-2, B-52 and F-16 aircraft. Future platforms include the F-15E, F/A-18 and F-35.

    The missile is produced at Lockheed Martin’s award-winning manufacturing facility in Troy, AL. Lockheed Martin has assembled approximately 960 JASSM missiles in Troy since late 1999 for testing and for operational use.

    A 2,000-pound class weapon with a penetrator/blast fragmentation warhead, JASSM cruises autonomously in adverse weather, day or night, using a state-of-the-art infrared seeker in addition to the anti-jam GPS to find a specific aimpoint on the target. Its stealthy airframe makes it extremely difficult to defeat.


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    Lockheed Martin Receives $243 Million from the U.S. Air Force for Joint Air-To-Surface Standoff Missile Lot 8 Production
    UNITED STATES - 4 FEBRUARY 2010

    Orlando, FL -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a U.S. Air Force contract valued at $243.5 million for an eighth production lot of the JASSM cruise missile. The award brings the total contracted quantities of the cruise missile to over 1200.

    The Lot 8 contract is for 158 JASSM missiles, along with fuze reliability, parts obsolescence efforts, test instrumentation kits, system reliability and flight test support. In recent flight tests on B-52 and F-16 aircraft, the stealthy standoff cruise missile proved its reliability and capabilities across a wide variety of targets – including hardened, underground bunkers and air defense systems.

    “This contract enables Lockheed Martin to continue to provide the critical capabilities of JASSM to the Warfighter,” said Alan Jackson, JASSM program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “JASSM’s combination of standoff range, low observable flight and high lethality provides an unrivaled precision engagement capability and a greater range of options to combatant commanders.”

    “With the recent success of Lot 7 reliability testing, a successful test flight of a production upgrade vehicle, and the award of this contract, JASSM is back on track,” said Lt. Col. Jeff Gates, U.S. Air Force Deputy Program Manager for JASSM.

    JASSM is a critical weapon for the U.S. Air Force, with eight production lots already under contract toward a total objective of 4,900 JASSM and JASSM-ER (Extended Range) missiles. Lockheed Martin also produces the baseline JASSM for foreign military sale customers. JASSM has been successfully demonstrated on the B-1, B-2, B-52 and F-16 aircraft. Future platforms include the F-15E, F/A-18 and F-35.

    A 2,000-pound class weapon with a penetrator/blast fragmentation warhead, JASSM cruises autonomously in adverse weather, day or night, using a state-of-the-art infrared seeker in addition to the anti-jam GPS to find a specific aimpoint on the target. Its stealthy airframe makes it extremely difficult to defeat.




    Source: Lockheed Martin
     
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    Lockheed Martin Delivers the 1,000TH Joint Air-To-Surface Standoff Missile to the U.S. Air Force
    UNITED STATES - 12 APRIL 2010

    Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) program team has delivered its 1,000th missile to the U.S. Air Force. The missile was completed as part of the seventh production lot at the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control facility in Troy, AL.

    Missile number 1,000 was completed seven years after the first missile was delivered, almost to the month. This achievement was acknowledged in a rollout ceremony at the Troy facility, with participants including U.S. Air Force Program Office officials, U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command representatives, Australian Department of Defence officials, Defense Contract Management Agency officials and Lockheed Martin team members.

    “This milestone shows the resolve of Lockheed Martin employees to deliver top quality products to our customers,” said Alan Jackson, JASSM program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Working with our customers, we've overcome challenges, accommodated new requirements and are delivering a precision weapon that provides unparalleled capabilities to U.S. and allied Warfighters."

    JASSM is a critical weapon for the U.S. Air Force, with the eighth production lot under contract toward a total objective of 4,900 JASSMs and JASSM-ERs (Extended Range). The baseline JASSM is also produced for foreign military sale customers. JASSM’s can be integrated on multiple aircraft and have been successfully demonstrated on the B-1, B-2, B-52 and F-16 aircraft. Future platforms include the F-15E, F/A-18 and F-35.

    The missile is produced at Lockheed Martin’s award-winning manufacturing facility in Troy, AL. Lockheed Martin has assembled JASSM missiles in Troy, for testing and operational use, since late 1999. A 2,000-pound class weapon with a penetrator/blast fragmentation warhead, JASSM cruises autonomously in adverse weather, day or night, using a state-of-the-art infrared seeker in addition to the anti-jam GPS to find a specific target aimpoint. Its stealthy airframe makes it extremely difficult to defeat.


    Source: Lockheed Martin
     
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    Russia and China are both in big trouble because the JASSM
    can penetrate their air defenses.