We hear so many negative things about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program these days: cost overruns, missed deadlines, technology failures, etc. So it’s nice to see a video of a small piece of the larger JSF initiative moving forward--and moving quickly. It’s not part of the plane itself, but a stealthy cruise missile developed by Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, and it’s looking for a ship to sink.
The Naval Strike Missile is a fire-and-forget cruise missile--that is, you preprogram the missile with a target, and it finds its own way there. The 900-pound NSM is super-nimble and equipped with GPS and other inertial and terrain-based systems that allow it to hug the contours of a coastline, cruise just above the surface of the ocean, or negotiate terrestrial terrain at very low radar-evading altitudes.