US versions of Kongsberg's Joint Strike Missile will be produced by Raytheon, thanks to an agreement between the US and Norwegian companies. (Kongsberg)
FARNBOROUGH, ENGLAND — Potential US customers for Norwegian company Kongsberg’s Joint Strike Missile (JSM) will have their weapons produced by Raytheon as a result of a teaming arrangement the two companies announced Tuesday at the Farnborough International Air Show.
The companies are working together to address possible offensive air-launched, anti-surface warfare (OASuW) mission requirements at a time when the US Navy is considering solutions for next-generation weapons.
The deal involves Raytheon becoming Kongsberg’s production partner on a US variant of the JSM, which could be funded by the US Navy, said Taylor Lawrence, the president of Raytheon Missile Systems.
He said the teaming involves development and international sales opportunities on a case-by-case basis.
“The US is looking for a capability as quickly as possible given the threat they are facing,” Lawrence said. “They are looking to fill the OASuW mission area with a number of different capabilities, and there is clearly a requirement coming out of our Pacific Command.
“I’d say it [the requirement] is getting more and more increased emphasis, at least in my discussion with leadership in the Navy. They are looking for alternatives to improve the range performance [compared with], say, the Harpoon,” he said.
Earlier this month Kongsberg announced it had secured a $179 million deal with the Norwegian government to complete development of the missile and prepare for integration on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 joint strike fighter.
Norway has signed up to purchase 52 of the F-35A variant.
The Joint Strike Missile is also being integrated on Boeing’s F/A-18 fighter.
For the moment, the teaming agreement relates only to the air-launched version of the weapon, but Lawrence said discussions to extend that deal to surface-launched weapons are underway.
“We will grow into the surface-launched area as well,” he said. “Step one is JSM, and we are in discussion [with Kongsberg] on the Naval Strike Missile. It’s a logical next step.”
Kongsberg and Raytheon are already long-term partners in the AMRAAM-based ground-launched air defense missile sector. ■