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    Long-Range Missile Being Developed for US F-35 Scores Direct Hit in Test Firing

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – An air-launched missile that is being developed for the F-35 in a joint venture with a Norwegian defense company has successfully dodged a decoy and scored a direct hit on the intended target in a test firing from an F-16 jet, the US partner Raytheon announced in a press release.

    "In the latest test conducted at the Utah Test and Training Range, an F-16 fired the missile that flew toward a pre-programmed target location, covering varied terrain and altitudes," the release said. "JSM's [Joint Strike Missile] seeker scanned the target area and instead of homing in on a dummy target, the missile diverted to hit the actual target."

    Raytheon and Norway's Kongsberg Gruppen are teaming to develop JSM for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, beginning with F-16 integration, the release explained.

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    JSM is an upgraded version of the Naval Strike Missile that was originally developed for Norway's navy, and offered by Raytheon and Kongsberg for the US Navy's over-the-horizon weapon system, the release noted.

    JSM is a long-distance, anti-ship missile configured to take on high-value, heavily defended land targets, according to the release.

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