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New Air Force Missile Passes Final Test
AP | 3/28/03

Posted on 03/28/2003 1:46:18 PM PST by kattracks

New Air Force Missile Passes Final Test

.c The Associated Press

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) - A new, low-cost cruise missile flew through a window and destroyed a two-story test house in its final test flight this week, clearing the way for possible use in Iraq, an Air Force official said Friday.

The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, or JASSM, next is scheduled for operational tests before going to combat units in September, but it could get to them much sooner, said Gerry Freisthler, lethal strike program director for the Air Armament Center here.

The missiles are manufactured in Troy, Ala., by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control of Orlando. They already are being produced at a low rate and some will be delivered by the end of April, Freisthler said.

``There are people who are thinking about what they could do with them, when,'' Freisthler said.

In the test Wednesday, a JASSM launched from a B-52 Stratofortress flew more than 190 miles to its target at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., in 25 minutes.

The missile has an improved 1,000-pound warhead with the destructive power of some existing 2,000-pound weapons, Freisthler said. Plans are to buy 2,400 baseline JASSMs at an average cost of under $400,000 each.

The Air Force also wants 1,400 extended range JASSMs, still under development, that can fly more than 500 miles. The Navy is planning for 500 JASSMs but hasn't yet specified which type, Freisthler said.

The missile's radar-avoiding stealth design makes it virtually impossible to shoot down. ``No threats out there today nor threats in the near future will be able to see it,'' Freisthler said.

03/28/03 16:40 EST


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: b52s; b52stratofortress; firecontrol; gpsjammers; jassm; lockheedmartin; miltech; missiles

1 posted on 03/28/2003 1:46:18 PM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Who's house was it? Chirac's?
2 posted on 03/28/2003 1:48:40 PM PST by Rammer
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To: kattracks
" It came in through the bathroom window "
3 posted on 03/28/2003 1:51:40 PM PST by Renegade
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To: kattracks

"Candy-gram"

A neat little missile. It's GPS antennea has a "beamsteering" capability. In other words, it resists spoofing and jamming by only paying attention to signals coming in from above.

4 posted on 03/28/2003 1:54:31 PM PST by Redcloak (All work and no FReep makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no FReep make s Jack a dul boy. Allwork an)
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To: kattracks
On a related issue. I have been wondering how much ordinance we have considering the amount we are expending on current operations. I would hate to run out. My hopes are that we are producing this stuff (JDAMS, CRUISE etc) 24/7. Anyone have knowledge of this? We didn't have jack sh*t after Clinton left.
5 posted on 03/28/2003 1:54:40 PM PST by JimFreedom (My patience is growing thin)
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To: kattracks
If it rang the door bell and came through the front door that would really be cool.
6 posted on 03/28/2003 1:55:43 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (It's not supposed to make sense.)
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To: Renegade
http://www.jassm.com/dt10a_pr.html

Lockheed Martin's JASSM Demonstrates Ability to Perform Mission in Presence of Jammers
DT-10A, 13 September 2002

Lockheed Martin’s Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) successfully navigated through an intense jamming environment in a test September 13 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

Development test (DT) 10A, launched from an F-16 aircraft, marked the second launch of a JASSM Block 1A missile that included Selective Availability Anti-spoofing Module (SAASM) technology in an enhanced

digital JASSM anti-jam GPS receiver (JAGR-S). The JAGR-S component will be included in JASSM production vehicles produced in Lot 2 in 2004.

“This test has been an outstanding success, said Gerry Freisthler, Lethal Strike Joint Systems Program Director based at Eglin AFB, Florida. From launch and GPS acquisition, DT-10A continued to navigate through an intense, high density jamming field to its planned target. “JASSM’s anti-jam system is meeting our expectations and performing as predicted.”

GPS is a primary navigation, guidance and location system used by the military. During a conflict, threat jammers that are airborne or land-based around high value targets could deprive U.S. forces of the navigational data necessary to prosecute an attack. DT-10A proved that JASSM could perform first-day, first-strike operations in support of warfighters under
extreme conditions.

The test also underscored that JASSM can successfully navigate through a high-power, multiple jammer environment while continuing to track GPS satellites. The success of the anti-jam system in aiding navigation was evident given the missile’s accuracy to the target and precision target strike. Additionally, during the terminal portion of the mission, seeker guidance was tested to simulate adverse weather. The missile accuracy was unaffected.

“JASSM continues to demonstrate that it is a robust platform incorporating new technologies and enhancing effectiveness while maintaining affordability,” said Mike Inderhees, JASSM program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “JASSM offers the flexibility of fighter or bomber employment with the combination of range, survivability, and lethality – features our warfighters need now.”

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego produces the digital, high anti-jam, adaptive-nulling and beam-steering GPS receiver under subcontract to JASSM producer, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

JASSM is in Independent Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) and has begun Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP). JASSM units will be available to the U.S. Air Force next year and is being produced at Lockheed Martin’s advanced missile manufacturing facility in Troy, Ala.

7 posted on 03/28/2003 1:56:20 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ( clinton is a raping traitor!)
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To: JimFreedom
We had to ramp up a little but we have plenty. Ever wonder why we fooled around with the UN crap?
8 posted on 03/28/2003 1:57:16 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (It's not supposed to make sense.)
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To: JimFreedom
There have been few stories about munitions plants' operations for obvious reasons. But from what's out there, I understand that the plants are running full-bore, pretty much as fast as safety ops will allow.
9 posted on 03/28/2003 1:57:56 PM PST by July 4th
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To: July 4th
"There have been few stories about munitions plants' operations for obvious reasons. But from what's out there, I understand that the plants are running full-bore, pretty much as fast as safety ops will allow."

Three months ago, CNN ran a story about a plant in the Midwest that was cranking out JDAMS at the rate of 1100 per week. They've supposedly been running double shifts the whole time.

I would imagine that we have PLENTY.

Michael

10 posted on 03/28/2003 2:03:00 PM PST by Wright is right! (Have a profitable day!)
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To: kattracks
A whole bunch of overtime pay coming up for the good folks of Troy, Alabama.
11 posted on 03/28/2003 2:03:43 PM PST by AngryJawa (The Truth Is Out There - But not on ABCCBSNBCCNN)
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To: Redcloak
>>> A neat little missile. It's GPS antennea has a "beamsteering" capability.

And lots of other tricks.

But the big news is it's costs are half that of the current ones.

snooker
12 posted on 03/28/2003 2:05:35 PM PST by snooker
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To: kattracks
at an average cost of under $400,000 each.

some will be delivered by the end of April, Freisthler said.

That will be nice, for the next time. By the end of April we will be able to do anything that a cruise missle can do, anywhere a cruise missle can do it, including downtown Baghdad.

So the $400K missile will be a wonderful way to replace the tomahawks we have recently expended. The replacement cost of the existing missiles is simply reduced to $400,000 from nearly $1,000,000. But using the new missile instead of the existing inventory saves no money--the money spent for the existing inventory is gone.


13 posted on 03/28/2003 2:05:38 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: Wright is right!
hmm not fast enough, we used up about 5,000 this week from the briefing this morning.. Though they could have been doing that for a year now so... we should have about 55,000 nowhere near enough :)
14 posted on 03/28/2003 2:06:02 PM PST by AlextheWise1
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To: AlextheWise1
Its probably cheaper because economie sof scale. It alot cheaper to make say 10k of something than 2k
15 posted on 03/28/2003 2:07:18 PM PST by AlextheWise1
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To: AlextheWise1
hmmm 'more than 190 miles in 25 minutes'

... Id say signifigantly more.... I highly doubt it is going 16 MPH...
16 posted on 03/28/2003 2:09:57 PM PST by AlextheWise1
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To: *miltech
http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/bump-list
17 posted on 03/28/2003 2:10:04 PM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
By the end of April we will be able to do anything that a cruise missle can do, anywhere a cruise missle can do it, including downtown Baghdad . . . with $28,000 JDAMs.
18 posted on 03/28/2003 2:10:23 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: kattracks
I wanna see the JASSM tested out on AL JIZZM
19 posted on 03/28/2003 2:13:17 PM PST by finnman69
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To: kattracks
Stealth cruise missles?? GADS!! Glad WE have them.
20 posted on 03/28/2003 2:25:39 PM PST by madison46
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To: AlextheWise1
hmmm 'more than 190 miles in 25 minutes'

... Id say signifigantly more.... I highly doubt it is going 16 MPH...

Uh, I get 456 MPH (190/(5/12 of an hour) = 190 * (12/5) = 456

21 posted on 03/28/2003 2:26:42 PM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: Ancesthntr
oops I cant do basic math today argg
22 posted on 03/28/2003 2:27:43 PM PST by AlextheWise1
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To: Flurry
oh.
damn.
I feel like an idiot for never thinking of that.
usually I am pretty cynical, too.
23 posted on 03/28/2003 3:00:23 PM PST by demosthenes the elder (scum will never cease to be scum - why must that be explained to anyone?)
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To: kattracks
whatever happened to that teeny-tiny cruise missile that was/is supposedly under construction?
The one that is about as big as a toolbox, is stealthed, GPSed, and has a multi-capability mission-oriented warhead?
That little bugger will be scary when/if it is ever firelded.
24 posted on 03/28/2003 3:04:27 PM PST by demosthenes the elder (scum will never cease to be scum - why must that be explained to anyone?)
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To: kattracks
BUMP!
25 posted on 03/28/2003 3:08:04 PM PST by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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To: demosthenes the elder
Hope I didn't let the cat out of the bag. Me and my big mouth.
26 posted on 03/28/2003 3:11:56 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (It's not supposed to make sense.)
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To: Redcloak
Of particular interest is that it can dive from low altitude.
27 posted on 03/28/2003 3:44:33 PM PST by First_Salute
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To: JimFreedom
Yes; the work is 24/7.

If only the Boeing C-17 had such attention.

28 posted on 03/28/2003 3:47:07 PM PST by First_Salute
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To: AlextheWise1
"I highly doubt it is going 16 MPH..."

Huh?

29 posted on 03/28/2003 4:20:47 PM PST by scott7278 (Peace had it's chance, now it's bombs away!)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E). The final test, and the one that is legally mandated. JASSM hasn't passed its final test, unless it is waived.
30 posted on 03/28/2003 5:41:13 PM PST by Mr Rogers
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