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Defence Notes

Kongsberg signs JSM contract with Japan

15th March 2019 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has signed a contract for initial deliveries of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) for Japan’s F-35 fighter aircraft fleet, the company announced on 11 March.

The JSM is a fifth generation long-range sea- and land-target missile that can be carried internally in the F-35. The missile includes advanced mission planning system to exploit sea and land geography. It employs a highly accurate navigation system and low altitude flight profile, and automatic target recognition is supported by an advanced imaging infrared seeker.

Eirik Lie, president, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, 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 programme, entering into the production phase.’

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