The Netherlands plans to purchase JASSM-ER missiles for its F-35 fleet

By Defence Industry Europe, CSIS Missile Defense Project

The Dutch Ministry of Defence has announced that the Netherlands intends to purchase AGM-158B JASSM-ER (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range) air-launched cruise missiles for the Royal Netherlands Air Force's fleet of F-35 Lightning II.

This was announced in early April by the Dutch State Secretary Christophe van der Matt.

The JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) is a conventional, stealthy, air-launched ground attack cruise missile designed for the U.S. Air Force and international partners. An extended range version, AGM-158B JASSM-ER, was developed alongside the standard variant, and went into service in 2014.

The standard JASSM has a range of 370 km, whereas the JASSM-ER has a range of approximately 1,000 km.

Both variants measure 4.26 m long, 0.55 m in diameter, 0.45 m in height, 2.7 m in extended wingspan, and 1,023 kg in launch weight. The JASSM carries a 432 kg class WDU-42/B penetration and blast fragmentation type warhead.

JASSM-ER missiles are produced by American defence giant Lockheed Martin.



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