The Air Armament Center at Eglin AFB, Fla., believes the 14-foot, 2,250 pound Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile is “an incredible piece of technology” that answers the airman’s call for an affordable standoff cruise missile, reports AAC journalist SSgt. Ryan Hansen. Its range is more than 200 nautical miles, and it can operate in virtually any type of weather, using its inertial navigation and GPS to find targets and infrared seeker “for pinpoint accuracy,” says Hansen. Next up is the extended range JASSM, which Lt. Col. Stephen Davis, JASSM Block 2 Squadron commander, says will deliver its “knock-out punch from more than twice as far away.” (Read more here.)
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.