The prime has been tasked with delivering sensor technology for KONGSBERG Defence’s Joint Strike Missile Project.
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Norwegian prime KONGSBERG Defence & Aerospace has placed an order for an additional 180 Passive Radio Frequency Sensors (PRS) from BAE Systems Australia to support its Joint Strike Missile (JSM) program.
This follows the completion of the first full rate of production order for 200 PRS units, delivered by BAE Systems Australia over the past five years.
KONGSBERG’s JSM can be deployed against both maritime and land targets and is billed as the only anti-ship cruise missile that can be carried internally within the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, enabling the aircraft to retain its range and stealth capabilities.
The JSM is a variant of the Naval Strike Missile selected by the US Navy, and is being proposed for selection for the Royal Australian Navy’s SEA 1300 project.
“This latest export order with BAE Systems Australia further demonstrates KONGSBERG’s commitment to working with our Australian industry partners on the development of world-leading sovereign guided weapon technology,” KONGSBERG Defence Australia general manager John Fry said.
“The work that we are doing with BAE Systems Australia on JSM continues to build upon KONGSBERG’s legacy of collaboration with Australian companies on guided weapon production that commenced 25 years ago with the Australian manufacture of Penguin missile components.
“The global interest for JSM with the international F-35 user community gives us confidence that the PRS will continue to be an outstanding export story for Australian Defence industry.”
BAE Systems Australia managing director, defence delivery, Andrew Gresham, said the new order would further support sovereign guided weapons capability in Australia.
“Achieving this major milestone in the JSM program provides an excellent example of how KONGSBERG, an international guided weapons provider, and BAE Systems Australia have successfully established an effective working relationship that supports design, development, integration and production activities in the field of guided weapons,” he said.
“This demonstrates Australia’s ability to develop new, world-leading sovereign technologies. The integration of this technology into a guided weapon will provide the Australian Defence Force with a leading-edge defence capability.
“Our collaboration and success in developing this sensor for the JSM also showcases how Australia can compete on the world stage and export innovative defence technologies.”