BOEING AND Kongsberg Defense Systems of Norway announced on November 7, that they had recently completed a successful check of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) on an F/A-18F Super Hornet at the Boeing facility in St Louis, Missouri, to ensure the weapons fit on the aircraft’s external pylons. The JSM, which is being designed and built by Kongsberg, is a long-range, low-observable stand-off weapon able to engage land and naval targets.
The test brings the JSM one step closer to Super Hornet compatibility. “The JSM would give our international and domestic customers another potential air-to-surface weapon option designed to outpace advanced sea and land threats,” said Paul Summers, Boeing F/A-18 Innovation and Capability Growth director. Boeing and Kongsberg plan to conduct wind tunnel testing of the weapon on a Block II Super Hornet early next year. AFD – Dave Allport