The Kongsberg/Raytheon Joint Strike Missile (JSM) has successfully completed a flight test in the United States. The missile was launched from an Edwards Air Force-based F-16 over the Utah Test and Training Range west of Salt Lake City. Kongsberg says the test verified all intended goals.
The test demonstrated safe separation from the aircraft performing a number of challenging flight manœuvres, followed by a long-range flight while continuously alternating speed and altitude.
The JSM, which is specially designed for internal carriage on the F-35, is in development for the Norwegian Armed Forces. Kongsberg says the qualification programme is now scheduled for completion in 2018, one year later than previously announced. The missile has been in flight testing since early 2015.
The missile will be integrated on the F-35A but can also be integrated on other types of aircraft. Kongsberg and Raytheon are partnered to provide the JSM for US and international customers.
Earlier this year, in March, Kongsberg entered into an agreement with the Finnish state for the purchase of 49.9% of the shares in Finland’s Patria for €272m, creating a leading defence supplier in the Nordics and a major player on the European defence market, with total revenues of NOK 13.4bn.