A new annex for the production of cruise missiles has opened at Lockheed Martin’s Pike County Operations facility in Troy, Ala., according to a company press release. Lockheed Martin makes the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) at the Alabama facility, and spent $16.8 million to build the annex. In 2014, the company said the expansion—which increased the size of the facility by 70 percent—was a response to growing demand for cruise missiles, both at home and abroad (Poland is purchasing JASSMs to equip on its F-16 fleet). About 370 people work at the Troy facility, and 150 directly support the JASSM program or the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program. Lockheed Martin produces about 7,000 missiles each year in Troy, according to Business Alabama. The JASSM, one of USAF’s baseline conventional standoff weapons, is integrated on the B-1B, B-2, B-52, F-16, and F-15E and its extended range variant was approved for initial operations on USAF’s B-1B fleet in December 2014.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…