The Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force) has conducted two successful live firings of the Lockheed Martin Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon (JASSM). The weapons were launched over a test range near Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake, California, on March 5 and 9.
According to a press release from the Ilmavoimat: “The firings were conducted successfully with both missiles destroying their designated training targets on the firing range. Successful firings proved the technical functionality of the JASSM missile system and its task planning software in the Finnish Air Force F/A-18 fleet.”
Last autumn, a series of trials demonstrated the JASSM functionality of the on-board software on the Finnish F/A-18 fleet. The live firings prove the chain of systems required for JASSM operations and will lead to a declaration of full operational capability (FOC).
The AGM-158 JASSM was selected as part of the suite of precision-guided weapons integrated into the Finnish F/A-18C/D fleet during the Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) 2 programme that took place from 2010 to 2016.
The Finnish Air Force has also acquired the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and the Raytheon Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), a medium-range glide bomb.
The Ilmavoimat detached two F/A-18Cs to NAWS China Lake in 2016 for JASSM integration work. The aircraft will be ferry-flown back to Finland in mid-May. Before this they’ll perform test flights at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland to prove the functionality of other F/A-18 systems.