The Norwegian government has announced it is starting the development of the next-generation strike missile, in cooperation with Germany and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG) as the lead industrial partner.
The nature of the new missile will be supersonic and will be ready by 2035. KONGSBERG has developed today’s Naval Strike Missile (NSM) and will take the lead role in developing the new naval strike missile, which will complement the NSM, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
“The development of Norwegian missiles is a success story. The Norwegian defense industry, with KONGSBERG at the forefront, has unique expertise and produces world-class missiles. The project will continue to extend this strategically important expertise, so we can continue to develop missiles that are attractive to other NATO countries and close allies,” said Norwegian Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram.
“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.
The new missile will be deployed on the naval ships of the Royal Norwegian Navy and German Navy. It is also expected that this missile will be available in the global defense market. Moreover, this missile will be an anti-ship as well as land-attack missile.