By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Aerospace
The Naval Strike Missile is one of the most agile cruise missiles and the weapon of choice for the F-35 stealth fighter.
Norway may have a reputation as one the world's most peaceful nations. But like other members of the international community, they know the world can at times be a not-so-friendly place.
That's why for the past three years the Norwegian-based Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace firm has been developing the Naval Strike Missile, one of the most agile cruise missiles and soon-to-be weapon of choice for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter. The sophisticated 900-pound missile is equipped with GPS, inertial and terrain reference systems, enabling it to stealthily maneuver along all kinds of terrain such as the coastline, oceans and over land. To avoid radar detection, it's capable of cruising in "sea-skim mode" just above the ocean's surface. It can also pull off quick random high-G-force maneuvers to prevent getting shot down at the very last second. A combination of an imaging infrared (IIR) seeker and an onboard target database ensures that the missile can seek out and detect targets up to 100 nautical miles away with pinpoint precision.
- Related video: Navy destroys ship with powerful laser
While it's being developed for Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II "Joint Strike Fighters"as part of the Joint Strike Missile program, the Royal Norwegian Navy plans to have them lock and loaded aboard their Fridtjof Nansen class warships and Skjold class patrol boats. The Polish military is also an eager customer.
After watching this test video, released last week, you'll see why:
Related on SmartPlanet:
- Russia’s new stealth fighter to challenge for supremacy of the skies [video]
- Video: A tell-tale glimpse of China’s stealth technology
- Navy’s futuristic weapons a target for budget cuts
- Video: Piloted aircraft transforms into a spy drone
- Experts: helicopter used in Bin Laden raid was stealth
The latest military weapons:
- Video: Is navy’s hypersonic railgun a game-changer?
- Video: U.S. soldiers to get ‘punisher’ super rifle
- ‘Laser rifle’ is latest U.S. weapon against enemies
- Breakthrough may lead to super-destructive missiles
- Video: “Robocop” glasses can identify outlaws
- GPS military weapon gives soldiers an edge
Sep 26, 2011
Misplaced power : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY
Since these modern "wars" are mostly fought through computers, far far away from the frontline, why not take the hole step forward and remove the suffering out of wars. Let's put some trained "fighters" behind the keyboard of, lets say 100 computers. Same thing behind the enemylines. Then these 200 idio.. I mean videogame players must play without interruption or rest until one side wins (or there is a draw). No real casualties, no destroyed monuments, no posttraumatic stressdisorders. They may modify their wargames as they please, while remembering that if they do a too good job out of it, then the winner will be the last player still awake.
it's exciting to see more, and more destructive, technology all the time. explosives and fireworks always draw a crowd. but do we need more video-game wars, sanitized and distant (for whoever shoots the high tech)? does security rest on the illusion that you have, at any one time, more bang than the other guy, in a permanent game of leapfrog? without the oil of the north sea, norway would not have had more than forest products to finance arms like this. that oil is now running out. within a few years, this dandy rocket will be obsolete.
I would not like to be on the receiving end. One would think that after seeing the low altitude stealthiest of this cruise missile it would scare the heck out of someone it being used against, but there are those who still believe God will save them, heaven help them.
Marvellous to see the missile rip through the ship. But... is it just me or would you want the missile to explode while inside the ship instead of ploughing right through and disappearing in the water on the far side of the ship?
Don't you want to penetrate the hull and not the containers on the deck? What gives? I am pretty sure the exocet dive's into the deck of its target, a more effective way to sink a vessel.
That would be great idea in theory. Legend has it that the game of chess was actually invented as a substitute for war, but obviously that hasn't quite worked out. Unfortunately, these kinds of conflicts will likely always come down to making the opposing side submit through brute force.
The "Joint" in the "Joint Strike Missile" and "Joint Strike Fighter" means this is a joint program with NATO and other very close US allies. All the technology is being cooperatively developed. It will not be sold to China, Iran, or any of our potential adversaries. Nobody's expecting the US to go to war with Norway any time soon...