Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS has entered into a cooperation agreement, worth 220M NOK, with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) for the integration of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) on future German Navy warships.
The Norwegian Government announced a strategic cooperation with Germany in February last year for the acquisition of new diesel-electric submarines for the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN), where German Navy intends to acquire NSM for their under-development MKS-180 multi-role warships. The submarines will be based on Type 212-class developed by the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS).
Norway and Germany will also cooperate in a long-term evolution of the NSM for their vessels. This contract is the first phase in this cooperation and has a duration of one year.
“This contract is an important milestone in a long-term Norwegian-German cooperation on missiles. The NSM is a product of the unique triangle cooperation developed between the defense industry, FFI and the Armed Forces”, says Eirik Lie, President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.
Naval Strike Missile (NSM)
The Naval Strike Missile is a long-range, precision anti-ship and land-attack missile developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA).
The state-of-the-art design and use of composite materials is meant to give the missile sophisticated stealth capabilities. The missile will weigh slightly more than 400 kg (880 lb) and have a range of at least 185 km (100 nm).
NSM is designed for littoral waters (brown water) as well as for open sea (green and blue water) scenarios. The usage of a high strength titanium alloy blast/fragmentation warhead from TDW is in line with the modern lightweight design and features insensitive high-explosive. Warhead initiation is by a void-sensing Programmable Intelligent Multi-Purpose Fuze designed to optimise effect against hard targets.
After being launched into the air by a solid rocket booster which is jettisoned upon burning out, the missile is propelled to its target in high subsonic speed by a turbojet sustainer engine—leaving the 125 kg multi-purpose blast/fragmentation warhead to do its work, which in case of a ship target means impacting the ship at or near the water line.