BAE Systems has been awarded a £3 million (€3.5 million) contract to provide vital stealth  technologies for Kongsberg’s Joint Strike Missile (JSM), which is being adopted by Norway and Japan.

Kongsberg's JSM is the only long range sea and land target missile that can be carried internally in the F-35. The new contract will see BAE Systems provide expertise on radar-absorbing materials and sensor development and technology integration. An advanced missile system is essential to the expansion of the overall capability of the aircraft, ensuring it retains its stealth capabilities.

Bob Davidson, General Manager of BAE Systems Advanced Technology Solutions, commented "BAE Systems has [had] a long term relationship with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace over the last 15 years, supporting its signature control requirements on the Naval Strike Missile and Joint Strike Missile programmes [The contract] also shows our ongoing investment in our Towcester facility, where the work will be delivered, sustaining highly skilled jobs in engineering, project management and more for at least the next year, with the potential to expand further as sales of the Joint Strike Missile increase."

Øyvind Kolset, EVP Missiles, Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, added “BAE Systems is an important partner for KDA and provides vital technology in our missiles. I would like to highlight the good cooperation and professionalism BAE Systems has shown through our long term relationship.”  

Kongsberg has also recently placed an order with BAE Systems in Australia to acquire an additional 180 Passive RF Sensors (PRS), providing additional capability for its Joint Strike Missile. This completes the first full rate of production order for 200 PRS sensors and is the result of successful and efficient operations between the two companies over the past five years.

A Japan Air Self-Defence Force F-35. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

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