Air Force awards $44.1 million telemetry test contract
ORLANDO. Lockheed Martin will produce Intelligent Test Instrumentation Kits (iTIK) to be used on Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) flight tests for telemetry and flight termination purposes under the terms of a recent $44.1 million contract from the U.S. Air Force.
Armed with a penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead, JASSM-Extended Range (ER) can be used in all weather conditions. The stealthy 2,000-pound cruise missile employs an infrared seeker and enhanced digital antijam GPS receiver to dial into specific points on high-value, well-fortified, fixed, and relocatable targets. The B-1B carries JASSM-ER, and integration on other aircraft platforms is ongoing. The new iTIKs will be compatible with all production lots of JASSM already in inventory, as well as future lots and variants.
These upgraded iTIKs eliminate obsolete parts from previous-generation test kits, say Lockheed officials, and provide a new product that can be used on several different missiles. "The new iTIK provides a next generation telemetry kit for both JASSM baseline and Extended Range missiles, as well as the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile," said Kim Oyler, program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "The electronic components in this new kit will provide enhanced reliability over the previous generation's mechanical configuration."