The US State Department has rubberstamped a proposed Commonwealth government request for Lockheed Martin-built JASSM weapons systems for the RAAF.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced the approval of a US$235 million ($340 million) purchase request from the Commonwealth government for 80 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles – Extended Range (JASSM ER) weapons systems and related equipment.
The deal also includes the provision of:
- missile containers and support equipment;
- JASSM training missiles; and
- technical support and training.
The missiles — to be delivered by prime contractor Lockheed Martin — are expected to provide the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with advanced, long-range strike systems capability.