In a strategic move towards bolstering defence capabilities, Norway, Germany and Kongsberg have embarked on an initiative to develop an advanced naval strike missile (NSM) to redefine naval strike capabilities by 2035.

In collaboration with Germany and Kongsberg, Norway’s Ministry of Defence has unveiled plans to create the SuperSonic Strike Missile (3SM) Tyrfing. Kongsberg, known for developing the NSM, will lead this venture. 

The NSM, deployed from 2011 to 2015, has been adopted by 13 countries, showcasing the potential capabilities of Norwegian missile technology.

The new project aims to position Norway as a global leader in missile production, leveraging the nation’s collaboration with international partners. 

Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram emphasised the strategic significance of extending this collaboration. “The development of Norwegian missiles is a success story. The Norwegian defence industry, with Kongsberg at the forefront, has unique expertise and produces world-class missiles.

The project will continue to extend this strategically important expertise, so we can continue to develop missiles that are attractive to other NATO countries and close allies.” 

Germany frequently takes part in joint programmes with its allies. For example, negotiations between Germany and Norway are procuring six Type 212 CD submarines from TKMS, two for Germany and four for Norway, according to GlobalData’s Germany Defense Market 2022–2027 report.

The proposed SuperSonic Strike Missile will complement the existing NSM, designed to be deployed on naval vessels in both Norway and Germany. Scheduled for completion in 2035, the project is set to undergo an initial design phase, with recommendations to continue the venture awaiting approval from the Norwegian Parliament. 

As global threats evolve, this collaborative effort marks a step towards the future of missile technology, fostering international defence cooperation.

In a positive move to strengthen its air defence, the Norwegian Government recently announced plans to invest in National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System equipment from Kongsberg and Raytheon.