The Norwegian government is starting development of the next-generation strike missile, in cooperation with Germany and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace as the lead industrial partner.
Kongsberg will take the lead role in developing the new naval strike missile (NSM). The missile will be known as SuperSonic Strike Missile (3SM) Tyrfing and is scheduled to be ready in 2035.
“The new strike missile project will ensure that Norway retains its position as a world leader in missile production, based on seamless cooperation between industry, governments and research establishments. The project will create new Norwegian jobs, while offering Norway and its allies improved defense capabilities,” said Eirik Lie, President of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.
Today’s NSM was developed in the early 2000s and delivered to the Norwegian Armed Forces from 2011 to 2015. Today, the missile has been selected by 13 countries. The development of the new missile is a collaborative project between Norway and Germany and is planned to be deployed on naval vessels in both countries.
The government is proposing to initiate and complete the initial design phase of the project, before returning to the Norwegian Parliament with a recommendation to continue the project.