JASSM Flies Through Maneuvering Flight test
ORLANDO, FL, August 12th, 1999 -- Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) flew today, maneuvering high above the New Mexico desert under control of its on-board computer. The successful unpowered test verified the system's anticipated aerodynamic performance. Launched from a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon 15,000 feet above the White Sands Missile Range, the advanced cruise missile deployed its wings and tail, then flawlessly performed a series of maneuvers similar to those required during an attack mission. This test followed several safe separation tests conducted earlier in the program using a test vehicle. Today's test did not require the missile to fly to a ground target.
"This is a great first step, and clearly reflects the hard work and professionalism of JASSM's Air Force-Navy-Lockheed Martin team," said Richard B. Caime, vice president of strike weapon systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando. Added Terry Little, director of the JASSM Joint Program Office, "Some very capable and committed people made this happen. It is a big win for the team, but there are many challenges ahead. This success underscores my confidence that the team will be up to those challenges."
The JASSM system will proceed through increasingly complex flight tests during the remaining months of program development. The first powered flight is scheduled for later this year.
JASSM is an autonomous, long-range, conventional, air-to-ground precision strike cruise missile designed to destroy high-value, well-defended fixed and relocatable targets. Flown aboard U.S. Air Force and Navy fighters and bombers, the system will utilize advanced stealth technology, state-of-the-art mission planning, precise guidance and lethal target penetration technology.
The Air Force and Navy selected Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems in April 1998 to develop and build the JASSM system. The program entered the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase the following November.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is an operating element of Lockheed Martin Electronics Sector based in Bethesda, Maryland.