Australia Equips Strike-Craft With Missiles
Defence Minister Robert Hill announced today that Australia's F/A-18 Hornet fighter and AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft will be equipped with long range missiles capable of destroying land and sea targets.
F/A-18 Hornet strike aircraft with missile under-wing.
Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM).
Senator Hill said Defence would choose from the following three long-range air-to-surface weapons:
* Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM) manufactured by American company Lockheed Martin which is a stealthy long range missile that can reach targets from about 400 kilometres away;
* A variant of the precision-attack cruise missile KEPD 350 manufactured by the European company Taurus Systems GmbH that has a range of about 350 kilometres; and
* The Stand-off Land Attack
Missile - Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) manufactured by
American-based Boeing that is modelled on the Harpoon
anti-shipping missile, currently used by the Australian
Defence Force and has a range of more than 250 kilometres.