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New Cruise Missile Passes Flight Test

March 29, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A new cruise missile flew more than 190 miles, went through a window and destroyed a two-story test house at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in its final test flight, clearing the way for possible use in Iraq, an Air Force official said at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base.

The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, or JASSM, is next scheduled for operational tests before delivery to combat units in September, but it could be delivered sooner, said the official. The missiles are already being produced at a low rate.

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