Norway has decided to procure the F-35, the Joint Strike Fighter, manufactured by Lockheed Martin to replace its F-16s. The Royal Norwegian Air Force needs a modern weapon system for its new aircraft, and has decided to develop a new missile, the Joint Strike Missile, JSM, which can be carried externally and internally in the bomb bay of the F-35.
The JSM missile system is designed for both Anti Surface Warfare (ASuW) and Naval Fire Support (NFS) missions in:
To comply with operation in these areas the missile system has been designed with:
- Open sea
- Over land
The JSM long range facilitates:
- Advanced engagement planning system which exploits the geography in the area
- Accurate navigation system for flight close to terrain
- High maneuverability to allow flight planning in close vicinity to land masses
- Imaging target seeker for discrimination of land and non-targets
- Launch platform standoff
- Flexibility in engagement planning
- Sea control / Sea denial over a wide area
- Naval fire support and strike missions at long distance
The JSM weapon Data Link will be a two-way networking data link that will offer the following capabilities to the operator:
- Target Update
- Mission abort
- Bomb Hit Indication (BHI)
The JSM Weapon Data Link Network will be a Link 16 compatible data link and will be compliant with standard military equipment.
The JSM missile is primarily designed for operations from fixed wing aircraft platforms.
Concept studies are under way to establish the requirements related to other platforms.
F-35 partner nations have expressed great interest in the new missile, some of the partner nations are funding work for integration of the JSM to the F-35.