Eurosatory 2014

JSM goes ‘external’ as it prepares for JSF (ES14E5)

20 June 2014

Last month the Norwegian government presented a bill to parliament to authorise the third and final phase of development for the Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace Joint Strike Missile.

This is due to end in 2017 to clear the weapon for production.

Kongsberg has derived the JSM from the Naval Strike Missile, a full-scale model of which is on show as part of KDA’s display (Hall 6, Stand G293). The JSM has revised wings and intakes either side of its stealthy body, rather than in the top-mounted position of the NSM. The JSM is slightly shorter, because it is sized for internal carriage in the weapon bays of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

JSM is expected to be included in the JSF Block 4 configuration for 2022/24, but should be ready long before that time. Kongsberg has performed external-carry fitchecks with the Lockheed Martin F-16 and Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, and the company hopes the missile will be attractive to non-JSF operators, as well as to those who are committed to the F-35.

In the meantime, the NSM anti-ship missile is in service with Norwegian navy vessels and a vehicle-mounted coastal battery in Poland. The weapon was first fired with a live warhead against a decommissioned vessel a year ago, and this summer the Royal Norwegian Navy plans to fire another live missile during the multinational RIMPAC 2014 exercise.

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