Poland requests to buy 70 Lockheed Martin AGM-158B missiles

Poland has requested to buy 70 Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) with related support, equipment, and training, the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on 28 November.

The JASSM-ER is fitted with a more efficient Williams International F107-WR-105 turbofan engine and more fuel volume than the standard missile. This gives it a range of over 930 km, compared with 370 km for the original JASSM, although the external airframe dimensions of both missiles are the same. The JASSM family is intended for use against high-value, well-fortified, fixed, and relocatable targets, have stealth characteristics and are armed with a 423-kg penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead.

The possible contract has an estimated cost of USD200 million and includes an operational flight plan upgrade for Poland’s F-16C/D, integration of the JASSM-ER, missile containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, and other related elements of logistical and programme support. Delivery of two AGM-158B Flight Test Vehicles, two AGM-158B Mass Simulant Vehicles, one AGM-158B Flight Test Vehicle, three AGM-158B Separation Test Vehicles, and two AGM-158B Weapon System Simulators is also included.

The JASSM-ER missiles received full-rate production approval in 2014 and are manufactured in Lockheed Martin’s facility in Troy, Alabama.

By the end of 2016 is also expected to finalise the purchase of an unspecific number of AIM-9X Sidewinder and AIM-120 AMRAAM missile for Polish Air Forces, IHS Jane’shas been told by the Polish Aramament Inspectorate. In 2014 Poland has set a total requirement of approximately 200 JASSM/JASSM-ER missiles.