APDR NewsletterKongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG) has signed an initial contract with Australia for Naval Strike Missile (NSM) capability in a deal worth about A$71 million. On 5 April 2022, the Federal Government announced the accelerated acquisition of the NSM to replace the Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile on the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC Class Frigates and HOBART Class Destroyers under Project SEA 1300, significantly increasing the strike capability of both platforms.

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 for the program. This is a clear demonstration of KONGSBERG’s commitment to the accelerated delivery of NSM to the Royal Australian Navy to meet their requirements.”

Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace is working closely with its Australian subsidiary, Kongsberg Defence Australia, for the delivery of the program, including identifying opportunities for local industry involvement. “Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has an excellent track record in technology transfer to Australian industry to enable complex systems to be supported from the national industrial base,” said Mr John Fry, General Manager of Kongsberg Defence Australia.

Developed in Norway, KONGSBERG’s NSM is a fifth-generation, highly capable, long-range, precision strike weapon designed to defeat heavily protected maritime targets in contested environments, with a secondary role for land attack.

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