Kongsberg to deliver JSM test missiles for F-35A integration phase

3 July 2018 (Last Updated July 3rd, 2018 11:52)

The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency has awarded a new contract to Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace for Joint Strike Missile (JSM) test missiles.

Kongsberg to deliver JSM test missiles for F-35A integration phase
Test conducted on a Joint Strike Missile. Credit: Kongsberg Gruppen.

The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency has awarded a new contract to Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace for Joint Strike Missile (JSM) test missiles.

The Nkr700m ($85.56m) contract will see the delivery of the JSM test missiles for the integration phase on the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter.

Capable of being employed against both sea and land-based targets, the JSM is Norway’s advanced anti-surface warfare missile developed to be carried by the F-35A aircraft.

Norway serves as a partner nation for the development of the fifth-generation joint strike fighter jet.

“Employing a highly accurate navigation system and low-altitude flight profile, the JSM features an automatic target recognition capability with an advanced imaging infrared seeker.”

Following a successful flight test in March and finalisation of the development phase in June, the JSM project is entering an F-35 Lightning II integration phase that will continue until 2023.

The missile was tested at the US Air Force’s Edwards Air Force Base on F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 416th Flight Test Squadron.

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace president Eirik Lie said: “The JSM project continues on schedule and is the only fifth-generation missile available on F-35 representing a significant market potential.”

The integration phase includes the delivery of a wide range of JSM test missiles, and captive-carriage, safe separation, and live-firing tests.

Employing a highly accurate navigation system and low-altitude flight profile, the JSM features an automatic target recognition capability with an advanced imaging infrared seeker.

The missiles facilitate launch platform survivability and flexible mission routing to help enhance survivability and mission success.