Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace has been awarded a MNOK 3,950 contract with the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency (NDMA) to supply the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) for Norway’s fleet of F-35A Lightning II fighter aircrafts.
The partnership between Kongsberg, the Norwegian Armed Forces and Norwegian Defense Research Establishment in the definition, development and test of the JSM has been a critical factor in developing a missile with such advanced capabilities.
“The Joint Strike Missile, as part of the Norwegian F-35 fighter jet, enables the Norwegian Air Force to operate within challenging and complex environments ensuring the defense of vital national interests,” said Eirik Lie, President of Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace.
“The development of the missile has been ongoing since 2008 and, with this contract, completes development and test and enters a full rate production phase. This program secures employment and business for Kongsberg and our extensive supply chain partners for years to come.”
The JSM is a fifth-generation stealth air-to-surface missile developed to fulfil the F-35’s anti-surface warfare and land attack capability needs. The missile can be carried internally ensuring the aircraft’s low-signature capabilities, and it has superior performance against well-defended sea- and land targets across long distances.