Kongsberg Signs Initial Contract With Australia For NSM Capability

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Norwegian firm, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG) has signed an initial contract valued at NOK 489 million ($48.3 million) with the Australian government  for the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) capability. The order income is booked in second quarter 2022.

This is following the announcement by the government on April 5, 2022, to accelerate the acquisition of the NSM to replace the Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile on the Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac-class frigates and Hobart-class destroyers.

Øyvind Kolset, Executive Vice President Missile Systems in Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, stated: “Signing this initial contract to commence the acquisition of an Australian NSM capability is a very important milestone. “

“This is a clear demonstration of Kongsberg’s commitment to the accelerated delivery of NSM to the Royal Australian Navy to meet their requirements,” said Kolset.

Kongsberg’s NSM is a fifth-generation, long-range, precision strike missile designed to defeat heavily protected maritime targets in contested environments.

Kongsberg have entered into a €124 million ($125.8 million) contract with the Malaysian government to or delivery of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) to their six new Maharajalela-class littoral combat ships.

The NSM has also been the choice of the governments of  Norway, Poland, and Germany to beef up firepower capability of their respective navies. –shp/kbg/aaa (Image: Kongsberg)