Japan has awarded Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace a follow-on contract worth 450 million Norwegian krone (approx US$ 49.6 million) for further deliveries of the JSM (Joint Strike Missile) for their fleet of F-35 fighter aircraft.
The JSM is a 5th generation stealth air-to-surface missile that can be carried internally in the F-35 thus ensuring the aircraft’s low-signature capabilities.
“The international F-35 user community is showing great interest in the JSM. KONGSBERG is very proud to have been selected by Japan to provide the JSM for their F-35 fleet. Our relationship is growing even stronger with this follow-on contract”, said Eirik Lie, President, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.
The initial contract between the two sides was signed in March this year.
Development of the JSM started in 2008 and was completed in mid-2018 after a series of successful validation test firings.
The JSM is the only long-range sea- and land-target missile that can be carried internally in the F-35 and thus ensuring the aircraft’s low-signature (stealth) capabilities.