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Lockheed Martin's JASSM Demonstrates Ability to Perform Mission in Presence of Jammers

WASHINGTON, DC, September 16th, 2002 -- Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) successfully navigated through an intense jamming environment in a test Friday 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, Fla. From launch and GPS acquisition, DT-10A continued to navigate through an intense, high density jamming field to its planned target. "The 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.

A 2,000-pound class weapon with a dual-mode penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, JASSM cruises autonomously in adverse weather, day or night, using an Anti-Jam GPS navigation system and a state-of-the-art infrared seeker to find a specific aimpoint on the target. Its stealthy airframe makes it extremely difficult to defend against. The missile is planned for deployment on B-1, B-2, B-52, F-16, and F/A-18 aircraft and has a range greater than 200 miles.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control develops, manufactures and integrates world-class air defense, fire support, strike weapon, naval munition, combat vision, anti-armor and advanced product solutions and systems for U.S. and international armed forces.

Nettie Johnson, 407-356-5351

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