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Kongsberg nears end of JSM development activity

Kongsberg's Joint Strike Missile is in the last stages of its qualification process, with development activities due to be completed this autumn.

Integration onto the Lockheed Martin F-35A for the Royal Norwegian Air Force will take place with the Block 4 software update, says the nation's defence ministry, achieving full operational capability by 2025.

A final test firing in March was successful, says Geir Håøy, chief executive of Kongsberg, and a final design review was due to be completed in June.

The last trial firings were conducted by a US Air Force F-16 in Utah, where all elements of the missile – including the engine and targeting and guidance system – were successfully tested together.

Oslo will now acquire a number of test munitions for the integration effort with the F-35A.

Although Norway is the only declared customer for the missile, Australia has provided funding for the integration of a BAE Systems-supplied RF seeker onto the JSM.

"Several other nations that will acquire the F-35 have similar operational needs to Norway and have shown a significant interest in JSM," says the defence ministry.

Norway intends to acquire a total of 52 conventional take-off and landing F-35As.

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