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US DoD announces US$750m JASSM B-2 contract

The US Department of Defense has awarded a US$750 million fixed-price contract for Lockheed Martin to produce Lot 21 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile B-2.

The US Department of Defense has awarded a US$750 million fixed-price contract for Lockheed Martin to produce Lot 21 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile B-2.

JASSMs were originally developed by Lockheed Martin as low observable standoff air-launched cruise missiles for the United States Armed Forces, however, the new contract will instead involve foreign military sale to Australia.

The missile has a range greater than 500 nautical miles and delivers a 1,000-pound penetrating fragmentation explosive warhead.

Work will be performed in Florida and Alabama, and is expected to be completed by 18 August 2027, according to the contract announced on 18 May.

Last year, the US State Department approved the US$235 million foreign military sale of 80 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles Extended Range to Australia, in July 2022.

That sale was intended to provide advanced, long-range strike systems for Royal Australian Air Force aircraft such as F-35A Lightning II and F/A-18F Super Hornet fighters.

JASSMs can also be mounted on B-1B, B-2, F-16, F-15, B-52H aircraft.

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