Kongsberg Defence Systems has entered into a contract with the Australian Department of Defence worth NOK150 million for the integration of a new capability in the Joint Strike Missile (JSM).
This contract is a result of the agreement reached between the Norwegian and Australian Governments initialised during the visit by Norwegian State Secretary of Defence, Mr. Øystein Bø to Australia in 2015.
JSM is the 5th generation long-range precision strike missile that will be integrated for internal carriage on Lockheed Martin's F-35. Using a combination of advanced materials, ability to fly low, while following the terrain and using advanced passive seekers, the missile is extremely difficult to detect and stop even for the most advanced countermeasures and defence systems.
The state-of-the-art RF-seeker sensor, developed by BAE Systems Australia, will enable JSM to locate targets on the basis of their electronic signature. This will further strengthen the capabilities of JSM for the most challenging scenarios in a modern battlefield. The JSM is being co-developed by Kongsberg and Raytheon.
“We are very pleased that Australia joins the development of JSM by funding the integration of the RF seeker and that we together can increase the JSM capabilities,” Eirik Lie, President of Kongsberg Defence Systems, said.