Raytheon Awards Kongsberg Contract for US Navy Naval Strike Missiles
Raytheon Awards Kongsberg Contract for US Navy Naval Strike Missiles

Raytheon Awards Kongsberg Contract for US Navy Naval Strike Missiles

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) has signed a contract with Raytheon Missile Systems for Naval Strike Missiles (NSM) to the US Navy Over-The-Horizon Weapon System (OTH WS) program worth $21.36 million. The OTH-WS program is a long-range, surface-to-surface warfare system intended to offensively engage maritime targets both inside and beyond the radar horizon. The system consists of an operator interface console, Naval Strike Missile, and the Missile Launching System. The OTH-WS is intended to be a stand-alone system requiring minimal integration into the ship’s platform.

Known for its "sea-skimming" capability, the Naval Strike Missile can fly at very low altitudes over water and land.
Known for its “sea-skimming” capability, the Naval Strike Missile can fly at very low altitudes over water and land.

The US Navy selected the Naval Strike Missile in 2018, with Raytheon as the contractor for its over-the-horizon defense of littoral combat ships and future frigates. In 2019, the US Navy conducted a structural test firing of the OTH-WS to assess the integrity and safety of the weapon system installation on the launch platform. The test showed there were no problems regarding integration of the missile launching system with the platform. The Navy is planning to conduct Initial Operational Test and Evaluation and Live-Fire Test and Evaluation in fiscal years 2020-2022.

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The U.S. Navy conducted a successful demonstration of the Naval Strike Missile on the littoral combat ship USS Coronado, as part of the Foreign Cooperative Test Program.
The U.S. Navy conducted a successful demonstration of the Naval Strike Missile on the littoral combat ship USS Coronado, as part of the Foreign Cooperative Test Program.

The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) is an anti-ship and land-attack missile developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA). The original Norwegian name was Nytt sjømålsmissil; the English marketing name Naval Strike Missile was adopted later.On 15 July 2014, Kongsberg and Raytheon announced that they had formed a teaming agreement to offer the JSM to the United States Navy for their Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW) requirement; Raytheon would produce JSMs for the American market. The Navy plans to begin a competition for the OASuW requirement in 2017, which will likely pit the Kongsberg/Raytheon JSM against the Lockheed Martin Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM).

The USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launched Naval Strike Missiles (NSM) in 2019 during Pacific Griffin, a biennial exercise conducted near Guam.
The USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launched Naval Strike Missiles (NSM) in 2019 during Pacific Griffin, a biennial exercise conducted near Guam.
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