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Kongsberg To Complete JSM Development

Jul. 2, 2014 - 10:25AM   |  
By ANDREW CHUTER   |   Comments
The Joint Strike Missile will be integrated onto the F-35 fighter.
The Joint Strike Missile will be integrated onto the F-35 fighter. (Kongsberg)
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LONDON — Kongsberg has signed a deal with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation to complete development of its Joint Strike Missile (JSM) and prepare the weapon for integration on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning 11 aircraft.

The Norwegian company said in a statement released Wednesday that the contract for the third phase of the development work will involve aircraft tests, production of a number of test missiles and integration on the F-35.

Kongsberg said the contract value of Phase III was NOK 1.1 billion (US $179 million).

The work follows the signing of a bridging contract between Phase II and Phase III last November valued at NOK 480 million. That deal allowed work to continue ahead of approval of the latest development phase.

Development work on the long-range naval and land strike missile is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Harald Annestad, the president of Kongsberg Defence Systems, said the weapon has a “market potential of NOK 25 billion in the next 25-30 years.”

US support for integration of JSM was an important element in Norway’s agreeing to order 52 of the F-35A variant of the Lightning II. Deliveries start in 2017.

Kongsberg’s industrial participation in the F-35 also includes the supply of composite structures to the program.

JSM is also being integrated into other aircraft, including the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet.

Email: achuter@defensenews.com.

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