VICTORIA, Australia — Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews announced today that Australia has entered into a co-operative agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence to develop an advanced maritime strike missile for the Lockheed Martin F-35A joint fighter, which is being procured by both countries.
Norway’s Kongsberg Defence Aerospace AS is developing the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) to meet its maritime strike requirements.
Andrews said the co-operative agreement will ensure the weapon will be ready in time for Australia’s F-35A final operating capability (FOC) in 2023.
“This agreement builds on the countries’ long-standing bilateral cooperation on research and development of Defence equipment, and acknowledges the importance of a robust maritime strike capability to Norway and Australia,” he said. “Participating now in a co-operative JSM development program with Norway will maximise the cost effectiveness of Australia’s contribution, and ensure the weapon capability is developed and integrated onto the F-35A in the timeline required by Australia, should the Joint Strike Missile be ultimately considered for acquisition by Government later this decade.”