Equipping Defence

Follow On Stand Off Weapon

Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile
Project Number:
AIR 5418 Phase 1
Royal Australian Air Force

Project description

This project has acquired the Lockheed Martin AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and support systems, and integrate the JASSM onto the Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 A/B Hornet aircraft.

The Follow On Stand Off Weapon (FOSOW) system will increase aircraft survivability and weapon terminal effectiveness against defended targets from launch ranges in excess of those afforded using air delivered weapons currently in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) inventory. The FOSOW system provides the capability to successfully, and effectively, conduct stand-off strike operations against a range of targets.

Deliverable Original Planned Achieved / Forecast Notes

Project Year of Commencement

Dec 2005


Initial Materiel Release (IMR)

Jul 2011

Aug 2011

The AIR 5418 Project Office submitted a minute to the capability manager seeking agreement that AIR 5418 had reached IMR on 5 July 2011. The capability manager signed off on this 3 August 2011.

Initial Operational Capability (IOC)

Dec 2009

Dec 2011

IOC was declared by Chief of Air Force on 13 December 2011. The variance is attributable to delays in the AF/A-18 A/B software development and certification process, which has required extensive testing and redevelopment to ensure airworthiness and operational effectiveness.

Final Materiel Release (FMR)

Dec 2012

Sep 2013

FMR was achieved on 26 September 2013 following Lot 8 delivery delays.

Final Operational Capability (FOC)

Dec 2010

Jan 2014

FOC requires delivery of the approved full quantity of JASSM war stock. The FOC war stock missiles were manufactured in Lot 8. Lot 8 missiles deliveries were delayed due to a fuze reliability issue. The fuze issue has now been resolved and deliveries were complete by April 2013. FOC was declared by CAF on 22 January 2014.

Content is current as at December 2014 and will be updated annually.

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