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Poland Takes the Lead: Potential Pioneer Purchaser of AGM-158D JASSM-XR Missiles for F-16 and F-35 Aircraft

The United States is developing the AGM-158D JASSM-XR air-to-ground missile, with Poland potentially becoming its first foreign customer.

Here’s What We Understand Lockheed Martin is anticipated to deliver the new missile to the US Department of Defense in the coming year. Poland’s intentions to acquire the JASSM-XR were revealed by the nation’s defense minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, during a briefing with US Vice President Kamala Harris.

Regrettably, there is limited information available about this promising missile at the moment. Lockheed Martin has secured a contract to create a modification of the AGM-158 featuring an extreme range. The missile will weigh 2300 kg, including the warhead (910 kg). The maximum firing range is estimated to be around 1900 km.

Initially named JASSM-XR, the missile was later designated as AGM-158D. It will be outfitted with a new control module, modified wings, and a secure GPS receiver. The cost for a single missile is expected to be roughly $1.5 million. The US Department of Defense intends to make its initial purchase of JASSM-XR in January 2024.

The first batch will consist of 40 missiles. The JASSM-XR will be compatible with F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35 Lightning II fighters.

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