23 Juli 2014
Kongsberg Group Joint Strike Missile (JSM) (image : devotek)
Australia is seeking expanded engagement in Norway's air-launched anti-ship Kongsberg Joint Strike Missile (JSM) programme, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra confirmed to IHS Jane's on 21 July.
The collaboration project is framed around both countries' participation in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter programme. The JSM has been conceived as a precision-strike missile specifically designed for the internal carriage in F-35A and F-35C variants of the aircraft.
A spokesman from the DoD said that although Australian industry has previously participated in the JSM programme, new rounds of discussions between the two countries are focused on potentially expanding collaboration with a focus on the missile's integration onto the F-35.