by Katarzyna Jeromska
Poland will purchase 70 long-range aircraft cruise missiles. On 28 November 2016 Defense Security Cooperation Agency sent to US Congress a notice of the impending sale of 70 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles Extended Range Lockheed Martin AGM-158B to Poland through Foreign Military Sales. The estimated cost is $ 200 million. The delivery will also include several training missiles, training guidance systems and simulators. The missiles JASSM-ER should be integrated into the armament of fighter jets Lockheed Martin F-16C / D Block 52+ Polish Air Force.
A 2,000lb class weapon with a penetrator / blast fragmentation warhead, JASSM is equipped with precision routing and guidance in severe weather, day or night, using an infrared seeker and anti-jam GPS to identify a particular aimpoint on the target.
High-precision cruise missile AGM-158B JASSM-ER is supplied by the US Air Force from 2014 (it is planned to purchase 2866 missiles) and has a maximum range of flight, estimated between 900 and 1000 km (officially “more than 500 nautical miles”). Poland will be the first known foreign customer of JASSM-ER. According to Polish media, planned supply of missile JASSM-ER to Poland will have to belong to the 16th production series (Lot 16). Delivery will start not earlier than 2020.
Earlier Poland, under an intergovernmental agreement with the United States to FMS line of December 2014, acquired 40 aircraft cruise missiles of prior modification AGM-158A JASSM, having a maximum range of up to 360-400 km. The cost of the agreement, including the work on JASSM integration into the arms of 46 fighter jets F-16C / D Block 52+ of Polish Air Force, is $ 250 million.
Deliveries of JASSM to Poland should be made from the end of 2016 to 2019, achieving of combat readiness of the first JASSM missiles on fighter jets F-16C / D Block 52+ of Polish Air Force is expected till the end of 2017.
The missiles AGM-158A JASSM, received by the US Air Force since 2003, in recent years were acquired by Australia (deliveries were carried out in 2007) and Finland (supplies are likely to be launched in 2016).