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Poland’s Bold Move: Exploring the Acquisition of Cutting-Edge AGM-158D JASSM-XR Missiles for Advanced Fighter Jets

The United States is developing the AGM-158D JASSM-XR air-to-ground missile, and Poland could potentially be its first international buyer.

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

Regrettably, we possess limited information regarding the promising missile at this time. Lockheed Martin has secured a contract to create a modified version of the AGM-158 with exceptional range. The missile will weigh 2300 kg, including the warhead (910 kg). The maximum firing range is estimated to be approximately 1900 km.

Initially referred to as JASSM-XR, the missile was later designated AGM-158D. It will be outfitted with an updated control unit, altered wings, and a protected GPS receiver. The estimated cost of a single missile will be around $1.5 million. The US Department of Defense intends to place its initial order for JASSM-XR in January 2024.

The inaugural shipment will comprise 40 missiles. The JASSM-XR will be deployed on F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35 Lightning II fighters.

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