Kongsberg Signs Contract with Australia to Integrate New Capability for the Joint Strike Missile
(Source: Kongsberg Defence Systems; issued April 7, 2017)
Under an Australian DoD contract, Kongsberg will integrate an Australian-developed passive seeker onto its Joint Strike Missile, which it is developing specifically for the Lockheed F-35. (Kongsberg image)
Kongsberg Defence Systems (Kongsberg) has entered into a contract with the Australian Department of Defence worth 150 MNOK for integration of a new capability in the Joint Strike Missile (JSM).

This contract is a result of the agreement reached between the Norwegian and Australian Governments initialized during the visit by Norwegian State Secretary of Defence, Mr. Øystein Bø to Australia in 2015.

JSM is the 5th generation long-range precision strike missile that will be integrated for internal carriage on the F-35. Using a combination of advanced materials, ability to fly low, while following the terrain and using advanced passive seekers, the missile is extremely difficult to detect and stop even for the most advanced countermeasures and defence systems.

The unique state-of-the-art RF-seeker sensor, developed by BAE Systems Australia, will enable JSM to locate targets on the basis of their electronic signature. This will further strengthen the capabilities of JSM for the most challenging scenarios in a modern battlefield.

“We are very pleased that Australia joins the development of JSM by funding the integration of the RF seeker and that we together can increase the JSM capabilities”, says Eirik Lie, President of Kongsberg Defence Systems.

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BAE Systems Australia Technology in Joint Strike Missile
(Source: BAE Systems; issued April 07, 2017)
BAE Systems Australia’s technology is another step closer to being used in the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) being developed for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, following the signing of a contract between the Federal Government and Norway's Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace.

The contract will enable Kongsberg, which is developing the JSM, to continue the integration and qualification of BAE Systems' passive radio frequency (RF) sensor into the system.

BAE Systems is Australia’s specialist manufacturer of missile control and guidance systems. The Company will provide a low-cost, light weight and highly sensitive electronic support measure (ESM) receiver for incorporation on JSM which will feature an additional land attack and littoral attack capability as well as a two-way communications line for target adjustment and inflight termination.

In its work with Kongsberg, BAE Systems has delivered a pre-production passive RF sensor for the JSM program, which was used to perform fit checks, system integration and support flight-testing in a development-standard missile. The combination of this RF sensor with Kongsberg's existing seeker provides a significant enhancement in operational capability.

In support of the contract, BAE Systems Australia will supply our new passive RF sensors to Kongsberg for use in its qualification activities.

This technology was developed with the support of the Australian Government’s Priority Industry Capability Innovation Program (PICIP). Under the Defence funded program, BAE Systems Australia received a grant in 2013 to help commercialise this innovative technology.

BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive, Glynn Phillips, said: "This is a great example of niche technology being developed through government and industry collaboration that has the potential to provide long term sustainable exports for Australia.

"There is no doubt about Australia’s ability to compete on the world stage delivering leading edge technology to the world."

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