23 September 2011 G., Aviation Explorer - Norway demanded that the United States confirm that the JSM Norwegian multipurpose cruise missiles will be included in the armament of the F-35 Ligntning II fighter, reports Lenta.ru with reference to Flightglobal. Norway intends to wait for confirmation within the next six months and if it is not received, the country's parliament will ban the purchase of F-35.
Norway is one of the international partners of the F-35 project. In particular, the Norwegian company Kongsberg Gruppen creates JSM rockets, aviation NSM version of marine anti-ship missiles. The company has already spent about a billion dollars on this project. Further funding for JSM will require an investment of another $ 200 million.
According to the original schedule, JSM was supposed to be part of the standard F-35 armament from 2019, when the Block 4 software was to start on the fighters. However, the United States has not yet finally confirmed that the rocket will indeed supplement the F-35 range of weapons. At the same time, the Norwegian Ministry of Defense does not intend to purchase F-35 without JSM.
Earlier, the Norwegian Ministry of Defense announced that at the beginning of 2012, it intends to acquire four American fighters in order to begin training for F-35 pilots. Now this deal is in question. If the US confirms that JSM will become part of the F-35 armament, the missile flight tests will begin in the 2015-2016 year.
It should be noted that at present the Norwegian Parliament is considering the feasibility of buying F-35 fighter jets, the final cost of which has increased significantly compared to the initial estimate. Some of the politicians are in favor of buying cheaper fighters offered by European and American companies.