KONGSBERG awarded Joint Strike Missile contract for Japan’s F-35 fighter aircraft

Japan Joint Strike Missile
Joint Strike Missile (JSM) | Image credit: KONGSBERG

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) announced on 11 March that the company has entered into a contract with Japan to supply the initial deliveries of JSM (Joint Strike Missile) for their fleet of F-35 fighter aircraft.

Development on the JSM – a 5th generation cruise missile – began in 2008 and was completed in mid-2018 following a series of successful validation test firings.

CEO of KONGSBERG, Geir Håøy, said, “This is an important international breakthrough which demonstrates the importance of cooperation between Norwegian authorities, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and Norwegian industry.”

Eirik Lie, President, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS said, “The international F-35 user consortium is showing great interest in the JSM and KONGSBERG is very proud to have been selected by Japan to provide the JSM for their F-35 fleet. This is a major milestone for the JSM program, entering into the production phase.”

The value of the contract and the total number of JSM to be delivered has not been disclosed by KONGSBERG or the Government of Japan.