Air-Launched Weapons

JSM completes first powered flight test

27 December 2016

Key Points

  • Two additional flight tests from an F-16 are planned for 2017
  • Qualification of the missile will be completed on 2018

Kongsberg conducted the first long-range powered flight test of the developmental Joint Strike Missile (JSM) over the Utah Test and Training Range in the United States on 29 October 2016. The test was only officially disclosed in late December 2016.

Launched by an F-16C/D Fighting Falcon multirole aircraft from the US Air Force's 445th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, the missile successfully flew " to range well beyond 200 km," Pål Bratlie, the executive vice president of Kongsberg Defence Systems told IHS Jane's .

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