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Air Force To Field Its First Batch Of JASSM-ER Missiles On B-1 In April

Baseline JASSM production to be phased out in FY-17

The Air Force is finalizing preparations to field its first batch of extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles in April, and the service’s chief weapons acquisition officer is confident that Air Combat Command will declare initial operational capability on the cruise missile shortly after.

Talking to Inside the Air Force on March 7, Program Executive Officer for Weapons Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson said the AGM-158B JASSM-ER, which has a range of 500 nautical miles, gives aircraft with less survivability a greater standoff range against targets in a contested environment.