Lockheed gets $34 million JASSM contract

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received a $34.2 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the U.S. Air Force to support additional integration of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile onto a Finnish Air Force aircraft.

The JASSM production and final assembly take place at Lockheed Martin’s Troy Facility.

The current program is a partnership between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin and the Finnish Air Force. Finland is the second international customer for JASSM and this is the second contract for the country.

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The first contract was awarded in 2012 and was a six-year integration, production and sustainment effort, according to Lockheed Martin. This new contract includes test missiles, software development and engineering documentation.

“JASSM’s capabilities and proven reliability will play an essential role in assisting the Republic of Finland to achieve their national defense objectives,” said Bob Adams, international program manager of long-range strike systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We are on schedule to support the operational requirements of the Finnish Air Force’s F-18 mid-life upgrade effort.”

And Troy is part of the international partnership.

“JASSM production remains strong and is on track to meet the U.S. Air Force objective of 4,900 missiles through at least 2021. To date, more than 1,200 JASSMs have been produced at our award-winning Troy, Ala., manufacturing facility,” said Lockheed Martin officials in a statement Monday.

Airworthiness activities for the Finnish Air Force efforts will occur at NAS Patuxent River, Md., followed by flight testing at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, Calif.

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company headquartered in Bethesda, Md. that employs about 118,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company’s Troy facility was recently named as an Industry Week “Best Plant” for 2012.