USAF launches JASSM New Variant missile

USAF launches JASSM New Variant missile

The US Air Force (USAF) has launched an effort to develop a new version of the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM), posting a sole source notification of a contract award to Lockheed Martin on 20 October.

6676b9e8 6e18 4bf4 8599 db398cdaf3ccAnnounced on the US government procurement website, the JASSM New Variant is a classified version of the air-launched weapon that will feature “added capabilities” over the currently fielded AGM-158A JASSM and the AGM-158B JASSM Extended Range (ER).

No further details were disclosed, with the accompanying attachment for the notification being restricted by the Department of Defense (DoD).

The baseline JASSM is a stealthy next-generation stand-off weapon that features a low-wing design (swept back for carriage) with a rounded rectangular body and a single vertical tail (folded for carriage).

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