The US has approved the sale of stealthy JASSM-ERs with a range of 935 km; these missiles can be launched from an F-35 or a Hornet.


This article from Asia Times makes the following points:
  • The US perceives Australia as a vital ally.
  • The sale of the JASSM-ER extends the strike range of existing RAAF frontline fighters.
  • In addition, this acquisition might reduce the need for refuelling RAAF aircraft.
  • Australia, in partnership with Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, has begun the process of being able to assemble advanced missiles in Australia.



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