Coming hot on the heels of the announcement that Russia is deploying anti-ship missiles (Oniks cruise missiles that are built to target ships and ground targets with a range of roughly 280 miles as well as S-400 surface-to-air missiles and nuclear-capable Iskander ballistic missiles) in the Kaliningrad enclave that borders Poland, the U.S. has supported the sale of standoff missiles to Poland, the Defense Department said in a notice to Congress on Monday.
The State Department has approved the foreign military sale to supply the Polish government with the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles Extended Range, or JASSM-ER, made by Lockheed Martin Corp., according to an announcement from the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
In addition to the U.S. Air Force (which this fall received its 2,000th munition), the weapon is used by the governments of Finland and Australia. Poland is its third international customer.
The Polish military wants to purchase 70 of the projectiles, a semi-stealthy GPS-guided cruise missile armed with a penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead designed to strike targets from as far away as 620 miles, according to the release and the manufacturer’s website.
The Polish air force plans to outfit the munition onto its F-16C/D fighter jets. In addition to the standoff missiles, the deal calls for flight test vehicles, simulators, spare parts and other equipment.
(With extracts from Defence Tech article)