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Norwegian Government Acquires New NASAMS Air Defence Systems from Kongsberg


Norwegian Government Acquires New NASAMS Air Defence Systems from Kongsberg

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Norwegian Government Acquires New NASAMS Air Defence Systems from Kongsberg
Norwegian Government Acquires New NASAMS Air Defence Systems from Kongsberg

The Norwegian government has ordered new NASAMS air defence systems from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG), which will strengthen the country’s defence capabilities to combat aerial threats. The contract has a value of up to approximately NOK 4.8 billion, including options, with expected deliveries from 2027. The contract with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency includes new multi-missile canister launchers and new Fire Distribution Centers for NASAMS, replacing equipment previously donated to Ukraine. The NOK 4.8 billion contract includes a fixed-price option worth NOK 2.5 billion for more air defence with validity until January 2025. Assuming parliamentary approval, the NDMA will thus have acquired four completely new NASAMS batteries within just one year.

“Air defence is crucial for the defence of both Norway and Ukraine. We are now increasing volume and upgrading the existing NASAMS system with modern equipment capable of intercepting a variety of threats. The current security situation dictates that we must accelerate the development of air defence and the upgrade of NASAMS. This agreement ensures rapid delivery to the Armed Forces and contributes to increasing production capacity in the defence industry,” said Norway’s Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram

“Actions are now being taken continuously to secure national interests by providing the Armed Forces with more and modern air defence systems as quickly as possible. This is, among others, a result of close collaboration between NDMA, KONGSBERG, and the defence industry in general.. It is characterized by excellent communication and great trust,” said Gro Jære, Director of the Norwegian Defence Material Agency.

“A state-of-the-art air defence system is strategically important for Norway’s defence capabilities and is vital for safeguarding our national security interests. This delivery will provide Norway with the latest generation of NASAMS, developed to meet current and future threats,” said Eirik Lie, President of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

The original Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, or NASAMS, was delivered to the Norwegian armed forces in the 1990s. Today there are currently 13 nations in the NASAMS user group. NASAMS’ modularity and open architecture enable the continuous introduction of new technology and new capability, which ensures that the system can be adapted to new threats and missions throughout its lifetime. NASAMS is one of the most flexible solutions in the market and covers a wide range of air defence needs. KONGSBERG has invested in expanding its own production capacity, and at the same time strengthened ties with the many Norwegian and international suppliers that contribute to ensuring defence preparedness internationally.

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