Syria Strike Puts Lockheed Martin’s Stealthy New Missile to checkBy
The combined U. S., French and Oughout. K. missile barrage on Syria this week included the battlefield first appearance of a stealthy new Lockheed Matn Corp. air-launched luxury cruise missile produced as part of a $4. 6 billion defense program.
19 missiles fired outside Syrian airspace by two B-1B bombers focused the Barzah Research and Development Center situated in the greater Damascus area. Those Combined Air to Surface Standoff Missiles, or JASSMs, joined 57 Raytheon Co. Tomahawks that Pentagon authorities also said targeted the site.
Produced at a Lockheed shrub in Troy, Alabama, the JASSM has a low radar cross-section which makes it difficult to detect and is designed to permeate as far as 200 miles (322 km) into an adversary’ s area. The extended version fired past due Friday night U. S. period can fly more than 500 kilometers.
Tracking a pre-planned route through launch to target using Global Placing Satellites and an internal navigation system, the particular missile is designed to strike with a one, 000-pound penetrating warhead.
While Pentagon officials didn’ t specifically pick out the JASSMs performance in their briefing on Saturday, the " before" and " after" photos from the chemical-weapons facility provided by the Pentagon suggested they were effective.