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The AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) is a low observable standoff air-launched cruise missile developed in the United States. It is a large, semi-stealthy long-range weapon of the Script error: No such module "convert". class. The missile's development began in 1995, but a number of problems during testing delayed its introduction into service until 2009. As of 2014, the JASSM has entered foreign service in Australia and Finland, and been ordered by Poland. An extended range version of the missile, the AGM-158B JASSM-ER (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range), entered service in 2014.

Program Overview


The JASSM project began in 1995 after the cancellation of the AGM-137 TSSAM project. The TSSAM was designed as a high precision stealthy missile for use at stand-off ranges, but poor management of the project resulted in rising costs. Since the requirement for such weapons still existed, the military quickly announced a follow-up project with similar goals. Initial contracts for two competing designs were awarded to Lockheed Martin and McDonnell Douglas in 1996, and the missile designations AGM-1595A and AGM-159A were allocated to the two weapons. Lockheed Martin's AGM-158A won and a contract for further development was awarded in 1998.

The AGM-158A is powered by a Teledyne CAE J402 turbojet. Before flight the wings are kept folded to reduce size. Upon launch the wings flip out automatically. There is a single vertical tail. Guidance is via inertial navigation with updating from a global positioning system. Target recognition and terminal homing is via an imaging infrared seeker. A data link allows the missile to transmit its location and status during flight, allowing improved bomb damage assessment. The warhead is a WDU-42/B 450 kg (1000 lb) penetrator. The JASSM will be carried by a wide range of aircraft: the F-15E, F-16, F/A-18, F-35, B-1B, B-2 and B-52 are all intended to carry the weapon.[1]

Problematic development

In 1999, powered flight tests of the missile began. These were successful, and production of the JASSM began in December 2001. The weapon began operational testing and evaluation in 2002. Late that year, two missiles failed tests and the project was delayed for three months before completing development in April 2003. Two more launches failed, this time as a result of launcher and engine problems. In July 2007, a $68 million program to improve JASSM reliability and recertify the missile was approved by the Pentagon.[2] A decision on whether to continue with the program was deferred until Spring 2008.[3] Lockheed agreed to fix the missiles at its own cost and has tightened up its manufacturing processes.[4]

On 27 August 2009, David Van Buren, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, said that there would be a production gap for the JASSM while further tests were held.[5] Further tests in 2009 were more successful however, with 15 out of 16 rounds hitting the intended target, well above the 75% benchmark set for the test. As such JASSM is now cleared for service entry.[6] The United States Air Force plans to acquire up to 3,700 AGM-158 missiles.[citation needed] Meanwhile, the United States Navy had originally planned to acquire 450 AGM-158 missiles but pulled out of the program in favor of employing the proven SLAM-ER.[7]

Foreign sales

In 2006 the Australian government announced the selection of the Lockheed Martin JASSM to equip the Royal Australian Air Force's F/A-18 Hornet fighters.[8] This announcement came as part of a program to phase out the RAAFs F-111 strike aircraft, replacing the AGM-142 Popeye stand off missile and providing a long-range strike capability to the Hornets. JASSM was selected over the SLAM-ER after the European Taurus KEPD 350 withdrew its tender offer, despite the KEPD 350 being highly rated in the earlier RFP process, due to their heavily involvement in the series preparation for the German Air Force, their troop trials in South Africa and their final negotiations with the Spanish Air Force which finally lead to a contract.[9] As of mid-2010 the JASSM is in production for Australia and will soon enter service.[6]

Finland had also previously planned to purchase JASSM missiles for the Finnish Air Force as part of modernization plans of its F/A-18 Hornet fleet. However in February 2007 the United States declined to sell the missiles, while agreeing to proceed as planned with other modernization efforts (the so-called Mid-Life Update 2, or MLU2). This episode led to speculation in the Finnish media on the state of Finnish - American diplomatic relations.[10] However, in October 2011 the US DSCA announced that they had given permission for a possible sale to Finland.[11] An order, valued 178.5 million Euros was placed in March 2012.[12] Since 2012 Lockheed has received three Finnish integration-related projects.[13] The order for the manufacturing of the missiles is yet to be placed.[13]
"JASSM is just as much a deterrent capability, as it is a strike capability. It makes the enemy pause and think twice about aggressive action, because it provides precision strike of a wide range of valuable targets."
—Senior Finnish official on why Finland needed these missiles, [14]

South Korea has sought the JASSM to boost the South Korean Air Force's striking capability but were rebuffed by Washington's unwillingness to sell the missile for strategic reasons. The South Korean government instead turned their attention towards the Taurus KEPD 350 missile.[15][16]

In 2014, Poland expected the Congressional green light for the purchase of the AGM-158 JASSM to extend the ground penetration capabilities of their top-of-the-line F-16 Block 52+ fighters. Should the US Congress give it a go, the missiles (around 200) should be deployed with the Polish Air Force in 2015.[17] Congress approved the sale in early October, and negotiations concluded in early November 2014. NATO member Poland signed a $250 million contract to upgrade its F-16s and equip the jets with (AGM-158) JASSM advanced cruise missiles in a ceremony at Poznan AB, Poland, on Dec. 11, 2014.[18] The missiles are expected to enter operational service in 2017, and Poland is contemplating an additional purchase for the long-range JASSM-ER version.[19]

JASSM-Extended Range (JASSM-ER)

The US Air Force studied various improvements to the AGM-158, resulting in the development of the JASSM-Extended Range (JASSM-ER), which received the designation AGM-158B in 2002. Using a more efficient engine and larger fuel volume in an airframe with the same external dimensions as the JASSM, the JASSM-ER is intended to have a range of over Script error: No such module "convert". as compared to the JASSM's range of about Script error: No such module "convert".. Other possible improvements were studied but ultimately not pursued, including a submunition dispenser warhead, new types of homing head, and a new engine giving ranges in excess of Script error: No such module "convert".. The JASSM-ER has 70% hardware commonality and 95% software commonality with the original AGM-158 JASSM.[20]

The first flight test of the JASSM-ER occurred on May 18, 2006 when a missile was launched from a U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The initial platform for the JASSM-ER is the B-1.[21] While both the original JASSM and the JASSM-ER are several inches too long to be carried in the internal weapons bay of the F-35 Lightning II, the F-35 will be able to carry both missiles externally, although this will compromise the aircraft's stealth features.[22]

The JASSM-ER is also the basis for Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, which is a JASSM-ER with new seeker.[23] The Air Force used the B-1 Lancer to complete a captive carry test of an LRASM to ensure the bomber can carry it, as both missiles use the same airframe. The LRASM was not originally planned be deployed on the B-1, it being intended solely as a technology demonstrator,[24] but in February 2014 the Pentagon authorized the LRASM to be integrated onto air platforms, including the Air Force B-1, as an operational weapon to address the needs of the Navy and Air Force to have a modern anti-ship missile.[25]

The JASSM-ER entered service with the USAF in April 2014. Although the B-1 is currently the only aircraft able to deploy it, it will be integrated onto the B-52, F-15E, and F-16.[26] The Air Force approved full-rate production of the JASSM-ER in December 2014.[27]

On 14 May 2015, the head of the Air Force Research Laboratory nominated the JASSM-ER as the optimal air vehicle to carry the Counter-electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) payload. CHAMP is an electronic warfare technology that fries electronic equipment with bursts of high-power microwave energy, non-kinetically destroying them. The JASSM-ER was chosen because it is an operational system, so CHAMP is to be miniaturized into the operationally relevant system.[28]


File:JASSM mockup 0048.jpg
A mock-up display of the AGM-158 JASSM next to an F-35 prototype.
23x15px Australia
23x15px Finland
23x15px Poland
23x15px United States



  • Length: 4.27 m (14 ft)
  • Wingspan: 2.4 m (7 ft 11 in)
  • Weight: 975 kg (2,150 lb)
  • Speed: Subsonic
  • Range: 370 km (230 mi)
  • Propulsion: Teledyne CAE J402-CA-100 turbojet; thrust 3.0 kN (680 lbf)
  • Fuel:JP10 fuel
  • Warhead: 450 kg (1000 lb) WDU-42/B penetrator
  • Production unit cost: $850,000
  • Total program cost: $3,000,000,000
  • Production dates: 1998–present


  • Speed: Subsonic
  • Range: 1000 km (620 mi)
  • Production unit cost: $1,327,000
  • Propulsion: Williams International F107-WR-105 turbofan
  • Production dates: 2010–present

See also


  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference lma was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ "$68M plan to fix JASSM gets the OK - Air Force Times". 
  3. ^ "Pentagon To Announce JASSM Decision In 2008 - Amy Butler/Aerospace Daily & Defense Report". [dead link]
  4. ^ Lockheed $6 Billion Missile Program May Be Killed, U.S. Says
  5. ^ JASSM Production Gap Manageable, USAF Says[dead link]
  6. ^ a b Pittaway, Nigel (March 2010). "JASSM introduction to RAAF service". Defence Today (Amberley: Strike Publications) 8 (2): 11. ISSN 1447-0446. 
  7. ^ JASSM/ No Ma'am - Which Will It Be? - Defense Industry Daily[dead link]
  8. ^ Australia Chooses JASSM Missiles on F-18s for Long-Range Strike - Defense Industry Daily[dead link]
  9. ^ ADM: ADF Weapons: Was JASSM the right choice?
  10. ^ United States refuses to sell missiles to Finland - Helsingin Sanomat[dead link]
  11. ^ DSCA press release[dead link]
  12. ^ Finnish Defence Ministry news bulletin
  13. ^ a b Hemmerdinger, Jon (10 Jan 2014). "Lockheed moves forward with Finland’s JASSM integration". Flightglobal. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Sabak, Juliusz (6 Nov 2014). "JASSM for Poland - Is it worth to pay the price?". Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "S.Korea to buy bunker busting missiles from Europe". 4 April 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Parliament advises review of Taurus, Global Hawk acquisition plan". 5 July 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  17. ^ The Aviationist » Why is Poland purchasing Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles for its F-16s?
  18. ^ Air Force Magazine, Daily Report, December 15, 2014
  19. ^ Poland concludes JASSM purchase for F-16 fleet -, 5 November 2014
  20. ^ Cite error: The named reference GAO-13-294SP was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  21. ^ Pappalardo, Joe. "B-1 Pilots Turn Their Bombsights to the Pacific." Popular Mechanics. April 9, 2012.
  22. ^ Croft, John. "USAF sets 2013 entry for extended-range JASSM." Flight International. 06 Apr 2010. Accessed 09 Dec 2010.
  23. ^ Mujumdar, Dave. "Lockheed LRASM completes captive carry tests." Flight Global. 11 July 2013. Accessed 12 July 2013.
  24. ^ B-1 test squadron demonstrates anti-ship missile -, 15 July 2013
  25. ^ Majumdar, Dave (13 March 2014). "Navy to Hold Contest for New Anti-Surface Missile". U.S. NAVAL INSTITUTE. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  26. ^ US Air Force Takes Delivery of First Production Lot of the JASSM ER Cruise Missile -, 8 April 2014
  27. ^ US Air Force Approves Full Rate Production for JASSM-ER Cruise Missile -, 15 December 2014
  28. ^ USAF nominates JASSM missile to host new computer-killing weapon -, 14 May 2015

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