Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS has entered into a follow-on contract with Japan to supply the JSM (Joint Strike Missile) for their fleet of F-35 fighter aircraft.
The contract is valued £38 million.
Kingsberg say that the JSM is a 5th generation stealth air-to surface missile that can be carried internally in the F-35 thus ensuring the aircraft’s low-signature capabilities.
“The JSM has superior performance against well-defended sea- and land targets across long distances.”
Improved features for the Joint Strike Missile over the Naval Strike Missile onw hich it is based include:
- Shape changed to fit in F-35 internal bay
- Ability to attack sea and land based targets
- Improved range over NSM, estimates include 150 nmi (170 mi; 280 km) to >100 nmi low-low-low or > 300 nmi (350 mi; 560 km) hi-hi-low flight profiles
“The international F-35 user community is showing great interest in the JSM. KONGSBERG is very proud to have been selected by Japan to provide the JSM for their F-35 fleet. Our relationship is growing even stronger with this follow-on contract”, says Eirik Lie, President, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.