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The US Air Force first tested the new Joint Strike Missile (JSM) anti-ship missile system dropped from the F-35A

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The US Air Force first tested the new Joint Strike Missile (JSM) anti-ship missile system dropped from the F-35A

JSM rockets on the external sling of a fighter (illustrative photo)


The United States Air Force conducted the first successful test of the Norwegian Joint Strike Missile (JSM) anti-ship missile from an F-35A fighter jet. According to Naval News, the tests have shown the compatibility of the anti-ship missile system with the latest American fifth-generation aircraft.

According to the newspaper, representatives of the Norwegian Military Property Agency (FMA or Forsvarsmateriell) and the American Air Force participated in the tests. The tests took place in a desert area near Edwards Air Force Base in California. It is specified that these are the first tests of the F-35 with a JSM rocket in the air, previously only ground tests were carried out.

With the first reset, we tested how safely the JSM separates from the F-35A. For this test, we used an aircraft with special measuring instruments. To accurately analyze how the fighter and the JSM behave, we placed cameras in the bomb bay, on the wings of the F-35A and on the rocket itself.

- said Jarle Nergard, head of the F-35 program at the FMA.

JSM is aviation modification of the medium-range anti-ship missile NSM (Naval Strike Missile) developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace. The missile is designed for high-precision destruction of ground and surface targets. It is specially designed to be placed in the internal armament bays of the F-35A fighter and in the future there will be proposals for purchases by the American Air Force.

The length of the 4 rocket is m with a mass of 416 kg, while the high-explosive armor-piercing warhead has a mass of 226 kg and consists of 100-kg charge in an 120-kg titanium case with a programmable fuse. Made by stealth technology. Equipped with a folding wing and a turbojet engine. JSM firing range up to 100 nautical miles on a low-altitude profile and up to 300 nautical miles on a high-altitude flight profile.

The guidance system is multi-channel and includes a dual-band thermal imaging homing head with memory of the target image, a four-channel passive radar detector, an inertial-satellite correction unit, a weather sensor, a laser altimeter, two-way data transmission equipment based on Link 16, which allows for command guidance, redirection of missiles in flight and .d.

Earlier, the US Air Force reported that it intends to complete tests of a new anti-ship missile system as part of the armament of F-35A fighters by 2023.
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  1. Victor_B
    Victor_B 23 March 2021 08: 43
    -7
    The stupid penguin timidly hides a new rocket in his belly!
  2. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 23 March 2021 08: 47
    +16
    Nice rocket. And the warhead is large in comparison with the weight of the rocket.
    1. knn54
      knn54 23 March 2021 10: 31
      +4
      Let's pay tribute to the Norwegians.
    2. venik
      venik 23 March 2021 13: 52
      +5
      Quote: Zaurbek
      Nice rocket. And the warhead is large in comparison with the weight of the rocket.

      =======
      The rocket is not a bad dispute! Here are just the weight of the warhead raises some doubts. And very big doubts:
      Firstly, all the sources (which we managed to find, both ours and foreign ones), in chorus indicate the mass of the warhead - 120 kg. Not 226 kg, namely - 120!
      Secondly: for the overwhelming majority of anti-ship missiles with turbojet engines (both ours and foreign ones), the weight of the warhead is 20 to 30% of the total weight of the rocket! AND only for JSM - fantastic 54%!!! ( belay )
      The weight distribution is very confusing:
      Suppose the weight of the warhead is really 220 kg. The weight of the turbojet engine is 46 kg (American Teledyne CAE J402, the lightest rocket turbojet engine), the weight of the fuel (without a tank) is 150 kg (for a flight of 560 km, with a specific consumption of 1 l / kgf per hour). How much is coming out? 220 + 46 + 150 = 416 kg! It's funny! I did not specifically "adjust" the numbers, but it turned out - exactly 416 kg indicated in the article! And then there is a glider, seeker, control equipment, steering gears (and this is about 20% of the rocket weight - 82 kg,) .....
      In and out: either the range is overestimated, or the warhead is much weaker (not 220, but 120 kg)!
      These are the doubts that arise ... request
  3. mark1
    mark1 23 March 2021 09: 01
    +7
    A good rocket, and we would have one instead of Uranus.
    1. KCA
      KCA 23 March 2021 09: 25
      0
      KTRV somehow modestly keeps silent about what kind of blank they have successfully separated from the plane, maybe even steeper than what they have
    2. Kalmar
      Kalmar 23 March 2021 09: 36
      +4
      Quote: mark1
      A good rocket, and we would have one instead of Uranus

      "Instead of" is optional, "Uranus" has its own niche: an inexpensive mass missile for not too difficult targets (transports, light corvettes with weak air defense, etc.). And yes, JSM looks interesting, especially in terms of stealth technologies and (it seems) a purely passive seeker: it will not be easy for a ship's air defense system to detect such a missile.
    3. Jacket in stock
      Jacket in stock 23 March 2021 09: 39
      +2
      Quote: mark1
      we would like this

      Do we have a combined seeker of this size?
    4. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 23 March 2021 11: 22
      +2
      In fact, a medium fighter and 4 missiles on it.
    5. Nikolaevich I
      Nikolaevich I 23 March 2021 11: 47
      +1
      Quote: mark1
      we would have one instead of Uranus.

      "Uranus" is a ship complex ... the anti-ship missile system is the "same" ... the X-35 in modifications ... for ships, that for the "Ball" ... well, an aviation version was also created ... There is a modification "from the latter "with an active-passive radar seeker ... it is possible to install a thermal imaging seeker ... there is a GPS. Only, in my opinion, there is no two-way telecommunication channel ... and the warhead, if memory does not change, it will be easier ...
  4. Avior
    Avior 23 March 2021 09: 06
    +13
    The current trend in the RCC is the complication of the GOS and the control system as a whole.
    The times of simple GOS based on purely RL seem to be a thing of the past, electronic warfare and traps have grown in performance.
  5. Sidor Amenpodestovich
    Sidor Amenpodestovich 23 March 2021 09: 08
    -15%
    Wow, Fiery Cat has not yet been marked with a fresh release of his comics.
  6. yanus
    yanus 23 March 2021 09: 36
    -3
    Judging by the photo and description of the seeker, the "low-altitude profile" is clearly not on the crest of the wave.
    120kg titanium case is also good)
    A rocket built from compromises.
    1. Jacket in stock
      Jacket in stock 23 March 2021 09: 43
      +2
      Quote: yanus
      The "low-altitude profile" is clearly not at the crest of the wave.

      What's wrong with the GOS?
      1. yanus
        yanus 23 March 2021 13: 03
        0
        On the crest of the fine water suspension, there are problems with millimeter radars (research based on the results of the installation of Helfires on boats) and lasers (hello to the Ukrainian Stugs on armored boats, where they were never installed).
        Teplak also dislikes water suspension, in fact it is fog, just the suspension density is lower. But the target detection range suffers greatly.
        At 3-5 meters from the water this is a problem, at 10-15 it is not so much.

        Judging by the description, the rocket is launched into the assumed coordinates, roughly the target is located by radio radiation, exactly at the final stage - by teplak.

        But she goes high enough and slowly. And the extra 10 meters above the water greatly simplifies the life of air defense radars.
        1. Avior
          Avior 23 March 2021 13: 42
          +2
          And the presence of working air defense radars greatly simplifies the work of the seeker of such an anti-ship missile
  7. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 23 March 2021 09: 37
    0
    The guidance system is multichannel and includes a dual-band thermal imaging homing head with target image memorization, a four-channel passive radar detector

    Even somehow rather weak.
    Recently, they wrote about an English rocket with a 4-channel seeker - IR + TV + active radar + laser.
    And then there is only IR + passive radio.
    Behind?
    1. Kalmar
      Kalmar 23 March 2021 09: 45
      +3
      Quote: Jacket in stock
      Behind?

      Or there is enough of what is. The main thing is not the number of channels, but the ability to use)) Plus, I think, they are trying to keep the cost of the rocket within reasonable limits.
  8. mvg
    mvg 23 March 2021 10: 01
    +9
    Nobody, along the way, paid attention. Medium-range anti-ship missiles, weighing 400 kg, with a range of 300 nautical miles ... like Onyx or Granite, weighing 6-7 tons
    1. Kalmar
      Kalmar 23 March 2021 10: 09
      +5
      Quote: mvg
      like Onyx or Granite, weighing 6-7 tons

      "Onyx", of course, weighs about 3.5 tons, but still heavy. This is expected: supersonic flight requires much more energy; as a result - more powerful (and heavier) engines and more fuel.
      1. mvg
        mvg 23 March 2021 10: 22
        +3
        but still heavy

        Maybe because this is the development of the 70s? Monstrous anti-ship missiles. And supersonic is not a panacea.
        Jacket in stock (Konstantin)
        Today, 10: 17

        The warhead in the aviation version is comparable. 200 Kg
    2. Jacket in stock
      Jacket in stock 23 March 2021 10: 17
      +1
      Quote: mvg
      , with a range of 300 nautical miles ... like Onyx or Granite, weighing 6-7 tons

      Well, with Granite it's clear - it's such antiquity ...
      And Onyx flies 2 times farther (now at 3), and the speed is three times higher, and the warhead is heavier
      And by the way, it weighs not 6 tons, but only 3 ...
      1. Kalmar
        Kalmar 23 March 2021 10: 28
        +3
        Quote: Jacket in stock
        Onyx and flies 2 times further (now 3)

        300 nautical miles is 550 km. "Onyx" flies about the same range (500-600 kilometers). The "-M" is claimed to have 800 km (though I don't know if it was launched so far in any tests).
        1. Avior
          Avior 23 March 2021 14: 17
          +1
          It should also be borne in mind that supersonic missiles fly at high altitudes and are detected from afar. On a small scale, they fly over short distances, and that's not all.
          1. Kalmar
            Kalmar 23 March 2021 14: 54
            +1
            Quote: Avior
            It should also be borne in mind that supersonic missiles fly at high altitudes and are detected from afar. At low they fly over short distances, and even then not all

            To be fair, JSM, judging by the article, also makes 300 miles along a mixed profile, descending near the target. Although with such a size and "stealth" it will still be more difficult to detect than "Onyx".
      2. mvg
        mvg 23 March 2021 10: 30
        +8
        And Onyx flies 2 times further

        Tse is not true. The air version of Onyx is generally a mythical unit, and then on the suspension of the Tu-22, and it can hardly fly further than 500 km.
        And here is a small anti-ship missile with an EPR of 0.1-0.2 m2, and hides in the inner compartments of the stealth. We do not have such and it is not a fact that it will be in the foreseeable ...
  9. Trapp1st
    Trapp1st 23 March 2021 10: 24
    0
    tests have shown the compatibility of the anti-ship missile system with the latest American fifth-generation aircraft.
    Are the firewood up?
  10. Fan-fan
    Fan-fan 23 March 2021 10: 31
    +7
    Some kind of Norway makes super rockets, and I was amazed at the size of the rocket, small. And not bad at all, since the Americans want it. I envy the West: they can divide the production of weapons by country, but we cannot, we have to do everything ourselves, and this is expensive and this is another factor in the fact that our people are poorer than the Europeans.
    1. military_cat
      military_cat 23 March 2021 12: 58
      0
      In cooperation with India, they made a good BrahMos-I. Now it is difficult to say what will happen, NPO Mashinostroyenia is on the CAATSA list.
    2. yehat2
      yehat2 24 March 2021 10: 40
      +1
      Quote: Fan-Fan
      Some kind of Norway makes super rockets, and I was amazed at the size of the rocket

      I think the base of the rocket is very similar to what was in the harpoon. That one is also very compact.
  11. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 23 March 2021 11: 24
    +5
    The Norwegians, together with the Americans, have developed two similar
    cruise missiles: NSM sea launch and JSM air launch.

    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 23 March 2021 11: 55
      +5
      There is a ground launch option. The ILC is considering the possibility of adopting it for service. Within the framework of the new doctrine.
  12. yanus
    yanus 23 March 2021 17: 29
    0
    Quote: Avior
    And the presence of working air defense radars greatly simplifies the work of the seeker of such an anti-ship missile

    Anti-radar seeker has been doing it for decades. But for some reason, everyone prefers to install an active radar on the anti-ship missile system, with additional. passive search mode.
    Think why))
    1. Avior
      Avior 24 March 2021 08: 49
      0
      Modern anti-ship missiles are increasingly using optoelectronic seeker of different ranges, passive search engines and microwave active ones at the last stage.
      Think why :)
  13. yehat2
    yehat2 24 March 2021 10: 37
    +1
    something does not look like the rockets in the photo are 4 meters long.
  14. sanches-nk
    sanches-nk 30 March 2021 09: 40
    0
    Well that is inside the fuselage, only 1 rocket is placed. the rest on pendants? Then all this stealth is questionable. Such missiles must be thrashed from the closest possible distance along a low-altitude profile, and this must be at least 250-200 km, and there the ship's air defense can also remove the enemy.