Raytheon and Norway-based Kongsberg Defence Systems are planning to manufacture, assemble, integrate and test naval strike missiles (NSM) and launchers in the US.

The NSM are long-range, anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles designed to offer an enhanced strike capability to the warfighter against land and sea targets.

The partnership follows a teaming agreement between the two companies for the NSM that was signed last year.

"Warfighters around the globe will benefit from the Kongsberg-Raytheon partnership on NSM."

Kongsberg Defence Systems president Harald Ånnestad said: "Warfighters around the globe will benefit from the Kongsberg-Raytheon partnership on NSM.

"Production of NSM in the United States will secure ramp up and sustainability of NSM, the world's only fifth generation naval strike missile with land target capabilities, for the US and our allies.

“Increased volume of NSM creates and secures jobs in both the US and Norway."

The final assembly, integration and test of NSM will be carried out at Raytheon’s facility in Tucson, Arizona, while the production of the launchers will take place at the company’s factory in Louisville, Kentucky, US.

Developed as a successor to the Penguin anti-ship missile, NSM have a range of more than 100nm, and are equipped with an infrared image seeker and autonomous target recognition capability.

The missiles can fly at extremely low sea-skimming altitude and have terrain-following flight capability. They are also set for use on the US Navy’s littoral combat ships.

Raytheon and Kongsberg have also partnered to develop the joint strike missile and national advanced surface-to-air missile systems (NASAMS).

Image: NSM launched from USS Coronado. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.