Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) has signed two contracts, valued at MNOK 1,426, with the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency (FMA) for delivery of more Naval Strike Missiles (NSMs) for the Norwegian Navy’s frigates and corvettes.
The existing inventory of missiles will go through a series of maintenance actions to extend their operational timeline and allow them to continue providing state of the art defense capabilities for the Navy.
“The triangular collaboration between Kongsberg, the Norwegian Armed Forces and the Norwegian Defense 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,” said Øyvind Kolset, Executive Vice President of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.
“Contracts such as this support Kongsberg’s and FMA’s sustainability goals, and helps 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.”
NSM 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 built-in safety mechanism avoiding collateral damage.