Lockheed Martin announced Monday that it has delivered the 1,000th joint air-to-surface standoff missile to the Air Force. The company handed over this missile, a Lot 7 production unit, during a rollout ceremony at the Lockheed manufacturing facility in Troy, Ala. “This milestone shows the resolve of Lockheed Martin employees to deliver top quality products to our customers,” said Alan Jackson, the company’s JASSM program director. He added that the company has “overcome challenges” and “accommodated new requirements” along the way and is “delivering a precision weapon that provides unparalleled capabilities.” Lockheed is under contract so far for eight lots of JASSMs. Overall, the Air Force intends to procure roughly 5,000 of them, which will be both in a baseline and extended-range configuration.
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.