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2016-11-05 According to an article published on November 4, 2016 by Kenji Thulowei, Public Affairs Office with the 412th Test Wing at Edwards AFB, the wing is in the process of conducting tests on the Norwegian Joint Strike missile which will eventually operate from the F-35.
One advantage of the F-35, is that a nation’s missiles integrated onto “their” F-35 is integratabtle onto every one else’s similar variant of the F-35.
The JSM is an advanced missile made of composite materials and uses stealth technology. It has air intakes, fold-out wings and tail fins. The navigation system supports terrain-following flight and can be used against sea- and land-based targets.
The long standoff range (distance from the aircraft to the target) ensures that the aircraft and pilots remain out of harm’s way.
JSM has sophisticated target acquisition capability that uses Autonomous Target Recognition, made possible by an imaging infrared seeker.
It is the only fifth-generation cruise missile that will be integrated on the F-35 and also available for integration on other aircraft intended for offensive anti-surface warfare (OASuW) applications.