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Update: Joint Strike Missile development phase concluded

02 July 2018

Following the conclusion of missile qualification flight testing (FTM) in March, and a Final Design Review in late June, the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) has announced that the development phase of the Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) Joint Strike Missile (JSM) is now complete.

Designed specifically for use with the F-35 Lightning II multirole stealth fighter in an anti-ship or land attack role, the JSM is an air-launched evolution of Kongsberg’s Naval Strike Missile (NSM). Development, testing and qualification of the JSM is being funded by the RNoAF and the Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD).An F-16C/D Fighting Falcon from the USAF 445th Flight Test Group prepares to launch the Joint Strike Missile during FTM-2 over the Utah Test and Training Range on 29 October 2016. The JSM programme has now entered the integration phase with the RNoAF's F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter (Kongsberg)An F-16C/D Fighting Falcon from the USAF 445th Flight Test Group prepares to launch the Joint Strike Missile during FTM-2 over the Utah Test and Training Range on 29 October 2016. The JSM programme has now entered the integration phase with the RNoAF's F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter (Kongsberg)

The JSM programme now moves on to the ‘integration’ phase - integration, carriage and release trials with the RNoAF’ F-35A Lightning II platform – which is expected to continue until 2023. In the interim, Kongsberg announced on 29 June that it has signed a NOK700 million (USD85.6 million) contract with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency for the acquisition of a number of JSM test rounds for use with the F-35 in the integration phase.

While the JSM development is technically independent of Norway’s participation in the F-35 programme, its progress, including an initial operational capability (IOC), is essentially being driven by the F-35 timeline, with the missile integration into the F-35A assigned to the Block 4.1 software release in the 2021 timeframe.

“We anticipate an initial operational capability with [the] JSM on our F-35 from 2023 as we build up to the planned F-35 Full Operational Capability (FOC) in 2025. In order to meet this requirement we expect to award Kongsberg a production order in the 2019 timeframe,” a Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson told Jane’s .

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