Raytheon said Monday the ministry test-fired the Joint Strike Missile from an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft to showcase the weapon’s ability to shift in course and avoid decoy targets as it flew at a low altitude.
The F-16 launched JSM toward a pre-programmed target location with a seeker that guided the missile to divert from a dummy target to the actual target.
Mike Jarrett, vice president at Raytheon’s air warfare systems business, said the test marked the completion of an key phase of development and tested if the system could recognize and destroy specific targets in challenging flight conditions.
The industry team has offered JSM to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and is contracted to provide the system in support of the U.S. Navy‘s over-the-horizon defense missions.
The system is based on the Naval Strike Missile that Raytheon and Kongsberg originally developed for Norwegian navy.