As the U.S. Air Force prepares for a critical set of flight-tests to gauge the reliability of retrofits on the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), production on the Lockheed Martin assembly line is hampered. “There will be a production gap,” says David Van Buren, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition. Continued production funding has been placed on hold pending the outcome of 16 lot acceptance flight-tests of the stealthy cruise missile. Van Buren says those key ...

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