The Military’s Newest Stealth Missile Just Made Its Combat Debut in Syria

It successfully took out a chemical weapons lab near Damascus.

JASSM-ER Missile
Lockheed Martin/US Air Force

A new long-range missile just made a successful combat debut against Syrian targets. 

The US Air Force struck a chemical weapons lab near Damascus with 19 JASSM-ER precision standoff missiles fired from two B-1B Lancer bombers, according to 

The $1.4 million weapon is an extended range version of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile. 

Lockheed Martin/US Air Force

Manufacturer Lockheed Martin has further details: 

A 2,000-pound class weapon with a dual-mode penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, JASSM-ER can be employed in adverse weather conditions, day or night, using a state-of-the-art infrared seeker and enhanced digital anti-jam Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to dial into specific target aimpoints.

With unmatched performance, reliability and lethality, JASSM-ER provides best in class value.  

38 other long-range missiles were deployed by both the USAF and the US Navy in the strike against the Barzah and Development Center. Popular Mechanics reports that “all 57 missiles hit their mark, doing considerable damage to a Syrian chemical weapons program that has been repeatedly used against rebel civilians.” 

With a 575-plus mile range, the JASSM-ER’s 1,000-lb blast fragmentation warhead can travel two-and-a-half times farther than the baseline JASSM. 

Lockheed Martin/US Air Force

Popular Mechanics has further details on its in-flight capabilities: 

JASSM typically flies a flight path chosen ahead of time, allowing the low-flying missile to mask its approach to target with terrain such as hills, valleys, and mountain ranges.

The missile can be programmed to fly around known air defenses such as S-400 “Triumph” radars and missile batteries, using an internal navigation system and jam-resistant GPS to find its way around. 

The JASSM-ER then delivers its warhead within three yards of a target and absolutely decimates any nearby structures, as the montage below shows: 

It’s safe to say that this clearly effective armament has only just begun what will surely be a lengthy service.