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Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-Off Missile achieves FOC

Lockheed Martin moves forward with JASSM production"

Final Operational Capability has been achieved for Project AIR 5418, a new type of cruise missile.

The Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-Off Missile (JASSM) will be used by the F/A-18A/B aircraft to improve effectiveness against well-defended ground targets. The missile has been specifically designed to attack targets such as heavily defended bunkers or radar and communication sites.

Cruise missiles are one of the most useful weapons for modern defence forces, as they can maintain a constant velocity over long distances, delivering warheads safely and more effectively than the deploying aircraft.

"The Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-Off Missile is now fully in service and is an extremely capable, long range missile that meets the future requirements of Air Force," said Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston.

"Successful JASSM integration forms a key piece of the strike capability and ensures that Air Force can meet future operational demands."

Testing for the JASSM was undertaken throughout the past few years, with a milestone reached when the missile was test fired from an Australian F/A-18A/B aircraft in December 2010. Further testing and development has been continually carried out, preparing the missile for operational capability.

"This is a great achievement for Air Force and is a major milestone for our air combat capability," said Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown.

"This long range, highly accurate missile can be released far from enemy targets, keeping RAAF aircrew out of harm's way without compromising mission objectives."

The JASSM should prove extremely useful over the next few years, augmenting Australian air capability.

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