jueves, 22 de agosto de 2013

Poland to purchase LM's AGM-158 JASSMs

As Rzeczpospolita broadsheet reports, Poland to purchase Lockheed Martin's AGM-158 missiles for his F-16s.

The strike capability of the AGM-158 is immense, as it is able to destroy targets at distances of 370 km (ca. 220 miles). This allows the Viper to destroy the target outside of the SAMs (Surface to Air Missiles) envelope, which is a major step in comparison to the current Polish A2G armament which has a maximum range of 70km. In other words, the AGM-158 might be considered a very modern long range strategic weapon.

Used by the USAF since 2003, this is one of the most modern missiles in the world. Technically, it uses an unique twin-guiding system working in two phases:
  • In the first phase of flight, on a very low-level, the missile uses GPS guiding.
  • In the final phase, seconds before striking the target the missile uses electronic-optical guiding.

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