KONGSBERG GETS BUSY(-IER)
Just how busy? Well, today, KONGSBERG signed a bridging-phase contract leading to phase 3 with Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization (NDLO) for further development of the JSM (Joint Strike Missile). The contract is valued at NOK 480 million.
The JSM development phase 2 has been finalized and to ensure competence and progress between JSM phase 2 and phase 3, the Norwegian Armed Forces have signed a bridging phase contract prior to parliamentary proceedings and approval of the entire JSM development phase 3.
NAFO has noticed the interest in this flexible weapon-system has been mounting the world-over as well; due mostly to ist peerless accuracy, cost, guidance, modularity and over the horizon capabilities.
For example, the international F-35 user consortium, with the USA as the largest, is showing great interest in the JSM. But attendees of DEFEXPO and other Major international Expos will recall seeing this and / or its cousin - the NSM - on the Kongsberg pavilion. Rumour has it that a major European navy is seriously considering the NSM to replace a "somewhat indigenous" naval missile. NAFO is "watching this space!"
In phase 2 of the project the missile underwent detailed design and a successful integration check for the F-35 as well as for the F-16 and the F-18. In phase three the missile will be completed and ready for serial production, and there will also be produced several units that will be tested from fighter jets in several practical exercises. 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 aircrafts low-signature (stealth) capabilities. After a successful phase 3 KONGSBERG will be ready to receive orders and start serial production.
Keeping mind that during phase 1 and 2, Kongsberg tied links with several Norwegian subcontractors qualifying them for phase 3 and serial production, benefitting the regional economy further and making best use of world class skills at Kongsberg and in Norway. In phase 3, Kongsberg will engage even more suppliers related to the new tasks. In future full-scale production the JSM project will provide more than 450 jobs in Kongsberg and provide significant assignments to more than 100 subcontractors for several decades, according to Harald Ånnestad, CEO of Kongsberg Defence Systems.
At the opposite end of the globe, New Zealand selected KongsbergPenguin anti-ship Missile.
Kongsberg signed a contract with the New Zealand Defence Force for the delivery of Penguin Mk 2 Mod 7 anti-ship missiles and associated equipment. The missiles will be deployed on the Royal New Zealand Navy new Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters.
”This contract strongly confirms the Penguin missile’s position as the leading missile within its segment. The contract is for a limited number of Missiles; however, it is considered an important upgrade of New Zealand’s Navy,” says Pål Bratlie, EVP Kongsberg Defence Systems.