Poland requests to buy 70 JASSM-ER missiles
Poland has requested to buy 70 Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) with related support, equipment, and training, the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on 28 November.
The JASSM-ER is fitted with a more efficient Williams International F107-WR-105 turbofan engine and more fuel volume than the standard missile. This gives it a range of over 930 km, compared with 370 km for the original JASSM, although the external airframe dimensions of both missiles are the same. The JASSM family is intended for use against high-value, well-fortified, fixed, and relocatable targets, have stealth characteristics and are armed with a 423-kg penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead.
The possible contract has an estimated cost of USD200 million and includes an operational flight plan upgrade for Poland’s F-16C/D, integration of the JASSM-ER, missile containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, and other related elements of logistical and programme support. Delivery of two AGM-158B Flight Test Vehicles, two AGM-158B Mass Simulant Vehicles, one AGM-158B Flight Test Vehicle, three AGM-158B Separation Test Vehicles, and two AGM-158B Weapon System Simulators is also included.
The JASSM-ER missiles received full-rate production approval in 2014 and are manufactured in Lockheed Martin’s facility in Troy, Alabama.
By the end of 2016 is also expected to finalise the purchase of an unspecific number of AIM-9X Sidewinder and AIM-120 AMRAAM missile for Polish Air Forces, IHS Jane’shas been told by the Polish Aramament Inspectorate. In 2014 Poland has set a total requirement of approximately 200 JASSM/JASSM-ER missiles.
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JASSM / JASSM ER (AGM-158A/B)
The JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) is a conventional, stealthy, air-launched ground attack cruise missile designed for the U.S. Air Force and international partners. An extended range version, AGM-158B JASSM-ER, was developed alongside the standard variant, and went into service in 2014.
JASSM At A Glance
Originated From: United States
Possessed By: United States, Australia, Finland, Poland
Class: Cruise Missile
Length: 4.27 m
Wingspan: 2.4 m
Launch Weight: 1,021 kg
Warhead: 450 kg WDU-42/B penetrator
Propulsion: Turbojet (AGM-158A), Turbofan (AGM-158B)
Range: 370 km (AGM-158A), 1,000 km (AGM-158B)
In Service: 2009-Present
JASSM utilizes a low-observable airframe designed to defeat various targets, to include enemy air defenses. The missile’s low-profile airframe is particularly important given the proliferation of sophisticated air defenses such as the S-300 (and newer variants). The JASSM-ER will eventually incorporate a weapons data link (WDL) into the missile allowing for course corrections after launch.2 This is a critical upgrade for road-mobile and maritime targets.
The missile is fitted to the B-1B Lancer, B-2 Spirit, B-52H Stratofortress, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16C/D, F/A-18C/D, and possibly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The B-1B is considered the starting point platform, and can carry 24 missiles, and is currently the only one equipped with JASSM-ER. The B-2 can carry up to 16 missiles and the B-52H can carry 12 internally on rotary launchers. Fighter aircraft can carry one or two missiles under each wing. The F-35, if certified to carry the JASSM, would have to carry the weapon externally, because the missile would not fit in the main internal weapon bays the aircraft boasts.
The standard variant has a range of 370 km, whereas the JASSM-ER has a range of approximately 1,000 km. Their airframes are identical, so the weapons cannot be distinguished merely by appearance. The primary differences lie in a larger internal fuel tank, and a more efficient turbofan engine. The airframe itself can be described as angular, similar to the Taurus KEPD 350, although more rounded and fluid. When the missile is carried by aircraft, the fins and wings are folded, and then unfolded by small explosive charges after released.