Polish Air Force F-16s will get additional attack value. Poland is signing an agreement for the delivery of Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) on 11 December 2014 at the 31st Tactical Airbase of Krzesiny, the Ministry of Defence in Warsaw announced on 10 December.
All 48 Polish Vipers are intended to be able to use the new weapon, but Warsaw has requested only 40 units for which it will pay including support and test equipment about US$250 million. The JASSM is a somewhat stealthy cruise missile of about 2,000 pounds (910 kg). The air forces of the United States, Australia and Finland already have the weapon for their combat aircraft.
Equipped with the JASSM Polish F-16s will be able to hit (high-value) ground targets 620 miles (1000 km) from launch point, which brings the entire Moscow-ally of Belarus and the most western parts of mainland Russia within range.
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