Kongsberg Gruppen has successfully completed a fit check of the joint strike missile (JSM) in the internal carriage bay of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft at an undisclosed location.
Carried out in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, the test follows a fit check on the F-35’s external pylons, which was conducted at Lockheed’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas, US, in March.
During the second fit check, the missile was loaded into the aircraft’s internal carriage bay and underwent a series of tests to prove that its physical characteristic are compliant with the requirements for internal carriage.
Kongsberg Defence Systems president Harald Annestad said JSM represents the first long-range, stealthy and passive, sea- and land target precision strike missile to have been developed for the F-35 aircraft.
”The combined capability of the JSF and JSM provides JSF users with unique and innovative strike capabilities,” Annestad added.
Developed in collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD), JSM is a long-range anti-surface missile primarily designed to integrate within the F-35’s internal weapons bay, enabling engagement of both land and naval objects protected by advanced defence systems.
Specifically engineered for internal carriage on the F-35A conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) and F-35 carrier variant (CV), the missile features an advanced engagement planning, navigation system, as well as an automated target recognition with imaging target seeker for discrimination between red, white and blue ships.
Scheduled to undergo critical design review to confirm its maturity and suitability for integration onto the F-35 in the summer of 2013, the missile is anticipated to serve as the primary strike weapon for the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s F-35 aircraft.
Norway plans to acquire 52 F-35s for a total cost of NKr62.6bn ($10.9bn).
Image: A JSM test missile mounted underneath the F-35 aircraft at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas, US. Photo: Courtesy of Lockheed Martin.