The final flight test of Norway’s new air-to-ground, designed to be carried internally by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, is scheduled for March 2018, IHS Jane’s reports.
The Joint Strike Missile (JSM) is a new long range anti-ship and anti-surface missile. Derived from Norwegian defense contractor Kongsberg's Naval Strike Missile, JSM is capable of being carried in the internal weapons bays of the F-35 fighter, preserving its stealthy profile for high-risk missions.
A Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson told Jane’s, “The ongoing effort of qualifying the JSM missile includes a small number of test-firings using a legacy F-16 as launch platform. The objective is to prepare and qualify the weapon for the subsequent integration on the F-35A. We have so far completed five events and have one remaining test-firing in the qualification programme, planned for March 2018. These activities are funded as part of the JSM Development Phase 3 as approved by Parliament in 2014”.
The first test of JSM was conducted in October 2015. In December 2016, Kongsberg conducted the first long-range powered flight test of the missile from an Edwards Air Force-based F-16 over the Utah Test and Training Range west of Salt Lake City.
In the May–June period of 2017, the company conducted third and fourth trials, with the missile flown without a seeker capability in both tests.
“The tests were designed to measure the missile flight in real life and compare it to simulations to check that both correspond, and to measure fuel consumption at different altitudes. Actually, the fuel consumption measured a little better than in the modelling,” Hans Kongelf, vice-president of Kongsberg's Missile Systems division told Jane’s.
The JSM is a subsonic missile driven by a turbojet engine. It uses an imaging infrared sensor to identify its target, and carries a 276 pound blast fragmentation warhead. JSM isn't just useful against land targets.
Apart from being designed to fit with F-35, the missile is also compatible with the Mk.41 vertical launch missile silo built into American and allied warships.
Kongsberg Defence Systems has signed 150 MNOK (US$17.3 million) contract with Australian Defense ministry for integration of a new capability in the Joint Strike Missile (JSM)
Norway and Australia have signed a deal to develop a Radio Frequency (RF)-seeking capability for the Joint Strike Missile (JSM), which is planned to be integrated onto Norway's F-35. Under the agreement signed on September 15, Australia will finance part of the development of the new seeker capability
The Norwegian Government has today submitted to Parliament a revised National Budget in which it confirms that it will present a proposal for development of the Joint Strike Missile before the summer. This further development of Kongsbergs JSM will implement Stage III in the development of the JSM missile for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
Kongsberg and Boeing plan to conduct wind tunnel testing for the Block II Super Hornet early next year. “Kongsberg is proud to work with Boeing to offer JSM capability on F-18
Kongsberg Gruppen has signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Procurement Division for the first phase in the development of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM). The contract has a financial framework of MNOK 166, and is scheduled for completion within 18 months
Saab has signed a contract with NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) for upgrading three SINDRE I air surveillance radars in Norway. Deliveries will take place between 2017 and 2020, with work undertaken by Saab Technologies Norway, in Halden, Norway and Saab Defense and Security USA, in Syracuse, New York, USA
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