Lockheed Martin tests updated JASSM

ORLANDO, Fla. Lockheed Martin announced that its updated Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) recently completed two successful product-verification flight tests at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The most recent tests were intended to demonstrate JASSM's updated Global Positioning System () antijam hardware and software, verifying operation in both GPS-degraded and nonjammed environments. During the White Sands test, B-2 and B-52 bomber aircraft launched the JASSM missiles at altitudes greater than 24,000 feet. Lockheed reports that the missiles navigated to and destroyed their intended targets, completing all mission objectives.

JASSM and its extended-range sibling (JASSM-ER) are armed with a penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead that is made to operate in all weather conditions. These cruise missiles also incorporate an infrared seeker to dial into specific points on targets.

JASSM -- designed to seek and engage high-value, well-fortified fixed or relocatable targets --  is integrated on the U.S. Air Force's B-1B, B-2, B-52, F-16 and F-15E aircraft.

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