The Australian government has “signed a substanial contract” to acquire Kongsberg’s next generation Naval Strike Missile (NSM).

The Commonwealth expressed interest in the NSM in 2022 as a replacement for the Harpoon anti-ship missile. The Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac-class frigates and Hobart-class destroyers will use the NSM; the capability will enter service from 2024.

“This is a significant milestone in the pathway to delivering a modern, effective, and survivable precision strike missile capability to the Royal Australian Navy.

“Executing this contract will be achieved through close collaboration between Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Australian industry and the Commonwealth,” says Eirik Lie, President of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

The knowledge transfer will bolster Australian manufacturing opportunities. The country is attempting to support its domestic industrial base. This is a crucial aspect of strategic importance considering the Australia is a key ally in the Indo-Pacific region.

“Defence should build awareness and understanding of the importance of Indigenous engagement procurement decisions, including the sole-sourcing option,” Australia’s Defence Strategic Review, states.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

Kongsberg claims the contract will see significant Australian content for a programme of this nature, delivered through Kongsberg Defence Australia and its growing network of Australian suppliers.

Developed in Norway, the 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. The capability is in service or has been selected by 11 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Norway.