Poland has received its first batch of AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSMs), Polish deputy defence minister Bartosz Kownacki announced.
The missiles were ordered in December 2014 in an arms package worth USD250 million. The sale includes 40 AGM-158As, and the modernisation of the Polish Air Force's F-16C/D Block 52+ fighter aircraft from the M4.3 standard to the M6.5 standard.
Upgrade of the first F-16 (tail number 4040) began at the end of 2016, and initial operational capability with the JASSM is expected to be declared by the Polish Air Force in March. All the JASSMs are expected to be delivered during the course of 2017, with the contract fully completed at the end of 2019.
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