The Australian Division of Defence has authorized the accelerated acquisition of improved weapon capabilities for the Australian Defence Pressure (ADF) at a complete value of $3.5 billion. Minister for Defence the Hon Peter Dutton MP at present introduced that Defence will speed up the acquisition of:
The Joint Air-to-Floor Standoff Missile Prolonged Vary (JASSM-ER) for the Royal Australian Air Pressure;
The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) for the Royal Australian Navy’s floor fleet; and
Maritime mines to safe Australia’s ports and maritime approaches.

“With Australia’s strategic setting turning into extra advanced and difficult, our ADF should have the ability to maintain potential adversary forces and infrastructure in danger from a higher distance. These world-class strike weapon methods will equip our forces to raised shield Australia’s maritime approaches and when needed, contribute to Coalition operations in our area. The JASSM-ER will allow the FA-18F Tremendous Hornet, and in future the F-35A Lightning II, to have interaction targets at a variety of 900km,” Minister Dutton stated.


The U.S. Navy littoral fight ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) launches a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) throughout train “Pacific Griffin” on 2 October 2019. (U.S. Navy picture by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago)

The AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Floor Standoff Missile) is a low observable standoff air-launched cruise missile developed by Lockheed Martin for america Armed Forces. In 2006 the Australian authorities introduced the choice of the Lockheed Martin JASSM to equip the Royal Australian Air Pressure’s F/A-18 Hornet fighters, changing the AGM-142 Popeye stand off missile. It’s a massive, stealthy long-range weapon with a 450-kilogram (1,000 lb) armor piercing warhead. As of mid-2010 the JASSM is in manufacturing for Australia and can quickly enter service. It accomplished testing and entered service with the U.S. Air Pressure in 2009, and has entered overseas service in Australia, Finland, and Poland as of 2014.

Acquisition of the Kongsberg NSM to switch the Harpoon anti-ship missile within the ANZAC Class frigates and Hobart Class destroyers offers a major enhancement to Australia’s maritime strike functionality – greater than doubling the present maritime strike vary of our frigates and destroyers. Commencing in 2024, ANZAC Class frigates and Hobart Class destroyers can have the NSM functionality put in. The mix of NSM and beforehand introduced Tomahawk Cruise Missiles is the most effective mixture of functionality to fulfill Australia’s wants and is confirmed in service with our key alliance associate, america.

No. 77 Squadron Armament Technicians prepare to load a JASSM onto an F/A-18 aircraft at Woomera. Mid caption: JASSM is a 'military-off-the-shelf' long range guided weapon consisting of a 453 kilograms (1000 pounds) multi-role conventional warhead.
No. 77 Squadron Armament Technicians put together to load a JASSM onto an F/A-18 plane at Woomera. Mid caption: JASSM is a ‘military-off-the-shelf’ lengthy vary guided weapon consisting of a 453 kilograms (1000 kilos) multi-role standard warhead. (Picture by LAC Scott Woodward/Australian Division of Defence )