completed fuselage for the new Joint
Strike Missile (JSM), developed by Kongsberg for the F-35 has been
The JSM is
derived from the Naval Strike Missile (NSM),
also developed by Kongsberg, which is already operational with the Royal
The new missile, the JSM, offers superior capabilities against well defended
naval targets, and is capable of being carried internally on the F-35.
the aircraft to maintain its low observability while carrying a powerful long
range strike capability.
unveiling signals that the fuselage design effort has been completed, and that preparations
for further testing can continue.
defined a modern and capable anti-surface capability as a key requirement, and
as a result we initiated the development of the JSM,” said State Secretary of
Defence Eirik Øwre Thorshaug.
“We have also received indications that several other partner nations are
interested in the capability offered by this missile, and we are making every
effort to see that it becomes available to the F-35 user community in the
future,” Thorshaug added.
development is carried out in partnership with the Norwegian Ministry of
Defence, and in close cooperation with the Norwegian Defence Research
ensures that the development process is supported by the combined efforts of
one of the world’s most advanced missile technology clusters, which has
previously generated products such as the Penguin missile, the NASAMS air
defence system and the NSM.
“There is a
world of difference between an F-35 carrying the JSM and one without it,” Brigadier
General Morten Klever with the
Norwegian F-35 program said.
the ability to defeat heavily defended high-value targets without having to
resort to saturating the target with less capable weapons, an option few can
rely on in today’s environment,” Brigadier General Klever concluded.
development program will undergo a Critical
Design Review during the summer of 2013, after which preparations will
begin for its final stage of development and full integration on the F-35.