US to Buy Norwegian Joint Strike Missile for its F-35A Stealth Aircraft | Aviation

A computer-generated illustration from Kongsberg showing a pair of F-35s releasing JSM/NSMs. (Image credit: Kongsberg) 

F-35A Expands Strike Capabilities with New JSM (Joint Strike Missile) Contract.

American F-35As will soon be able to undertake long-range stand-off anti-surface strikes as the US government has signed a $141 million contract with Norway’s KDA (Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace) for acquiring the JSM (Joint Strike Missile), the DoD (Department of Defense) announced on May 31, 2024.

The “undefinitized contract action for the JSM production Lot 1, provides for all up rounds, containers, and test equipment for the JSM,” DoD said. “Work will be performed in Kongsberg, Norway, and is expected to be completed by August 31, 2026.” The procurement has been categorized as a “sole source acquisition,” meaning it has been effected without tendering and competitive bidding.

“The Joint Strike Missile (JSM) is an air-launched strike missile and is designed to fit into the internal weapons bay and to fulfil complex missions, such as ASuW (Anti-Surface Warfare) and land attack. The primary targets are typically highly defended and high-value assets on sea, in coastal waters or on land,” Kongsberg says. 

The JSM is the air-launched version of Kongsberh’s NSM (Naval Strike Missile). It flies at high-subsonic speeds, weights 416-kg at 4-meters long and…


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