The American defense company Lockheed Martin received a contract for the production of air-to-ground missiles AGM-158B-2 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). The deal was announced on the official website of the US Department of Defense.
What is known
The deal amounted to approximately $750.55 million. The cost and number of missiles were not specified. According to open sources, the price of the AGM-158B-2 JASSM in fiscal year 2021 (FY) exceeded $1.25 million per unit. The agreement also includes the production of spare parts and related equipment.
The B-2 version is an extended range missile, i.e. JASSM-ER. It can hit targets at a maximum distance of almost 1000 km. In flight, the rocket is capable of speeds up to 1,000 km/h (Mach 0.85).
JASSM customers are the US Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force. The Australian government recently approved purchase of JASS-ER. Over five years, funding will total AU$558 million ($380 million).
Work under the contract will take place at the Lockheed Martin factories in Alabama and Florida until August 18, 2027. The JASSM-ER is sold to Australia through the US Military Sales Program (FMS) under the Arms Export Control Act. Australia will equip the F-35A Lightning II and F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters with the new missiles.