Norway test fires joint strike missile from F-16 fighter jet

17 July 2018 (Last Updated July 17th, 2018 12:23)

The Norwegian Ministry of Defense has successfully test fired a joint strike missile (JSM) from an F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighter aircraft.

Norway test fires joint strike missile from F-16 fighter jet
A joint strike missile installed on an aircraft. Credit: US Air Force.

The Norwegian Ministry of Defense has successfully test fired a joint strike missile (JSM) from an F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighter aircraft.

The fifth-generation cruise missile has been developed through a partnership between Raytheon and Norwegian defence company Kongsberg Gruppen.

During the test, an F-16 fighter jet fired the missile, which travelled through varied terrain and altitudes to fly toward a pre-programmed target location.

The JSM seeker scanned the target area and the missile diverted to hit the actual target instead of aiming towards a dummy target.

“This test signalled the completion of an important phase of development, and showed promising progress for this missile to outpace some of today’s toughest defence systems.”

Carried out at the Utah Test and Training Range in the US, the test demonstrated the missile’s ability to change course to avoid striking against a decoy target and to fly at low, radar-evading altitudes.

Raytheon air warfare systems vice-president Mike Jarrett said: “JSM demonstrated its remarkable ability to recognise and destroy specific targets in challenging flight conditions.

“This test signalled the completion of an important phase of development, and showed promising progress for this missile to outpace some of today’s toughest defence systems.”

Beginning with integration on the F-16 fighter jet, the two companies have collaborated to develop the JSMs for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jets.

Built on the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), JSM is a long-distance, anti-ship missile developed to take on high-value, heavily defended land targets.

The NSM was originally designed and developed for the Royal Norwegian Navy. It was offered by Raytheon and Kongsberg for the US Navy’s over-the-horizon weapon system.

In June, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace secured a contract from the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency to deliver JSM test missiles for integration on the F-35A joint strike fighters.