Kongsberg seals contract to supply Naval Strike Missiles for the Norwegian Navy


Published on 11/01/2021 – Last Updated on 11/01/2021 by OTC

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) announced on October 29 that it has signed two contracts with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (FMA) worth MNOK 1,426 ($170 million).

KONGSBERG will supply the Norwegian Navy’s frigates and corvettes with a new batch of Naval Strike Missiles (NSM). The existing missile inventory will undergo a series of maintenance procedures in order to extend its operating timeline and continue to provide the Navy with cutting-edge defense capabilities.

«The triangular collaboration between KONGSBERG, the Norwegian Armed Forces, and the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) is the key to our ability to develop such advanced and complex systems. We are also very proud to sign a maintenance agreement that will extend the missile’s shelf life, ensuring that the Navy will remain operational with this important capability.

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launches a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) during exercise Pacific Griffin. (US Navy Photo)

Contracts such as this support KONGSBERG’s and FMA’s sustainability goals, and help to secure further employment, not only for our employees but also for our national subcontractors. We cannot produce nor deliver such advanced and state-of-the-art products alone,” says Øyvind Kolset, Executive Vice President of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

The Naval Strike Missile is a fifth-generation missile with a low radar signature for use in sea-to-sea or sea-to-land defense. The missile, with its superior performance, can go up against well-defended targets with the ability to penetrate the most advanced air defense.

NSM is set up with integrated sensors to locate exact targets to engage, and will self-destruct if it is unable to locate its intended target – a build-in safety mechanism avoiding collateral damage.

Naval Strike Missiles are growing more widespread in Western navies year after year. The article below contains technical and tactical information as well as insights.

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