Raytheon to manufacture Kongsberg NSM launchers in US

21 August 2016 (Last Updated August 21st, 2016 18:30)

Raytheon has been contracted to manufacture Norwegian-developed naval strike missile (NSM) launchers at its production facility in Louisville, Kentucky, US.

Raytheon has been contracted to manufacture Norwegian-developed naval strike missile (NSM) launchers at its production facility in Louisville, Kentucky, US.

Awarded by Norway-based Kongsberg Defence Systems, the contract will see Raytheon produce qualification units. The award is the historic first production contract for NSM in the US.

Raytheon Missile Systems president Dr Taylor Lawrence said: "Building NSM launchers at our Louisville facility is an excellent extension of our long-standing relationship with Kongsberg.

"This contract will enable us to add jobs while providing our Norwegian teammates with world-class launchers."

"This contract will enable us to add jobs while providing our Norwegian teammates with world-class launchers."

Kongsberg Defence Systems president Harald Ånnestad added: "Kongsberg is committed to continuing the evolution of building and supporting NSM in the US for the foreseeable future. This helps to create high tech jobs and secures US sustainability of NSM."

In July this year, Raytheon and Kongsberg announced plans to manufacture, assemble, integrate and test NSM and launchers in the US.

The NSM is a long-range, anti-ship and land-attack cruise missile that offers strike capability against land and sea targets.

With a range of more than 100nm, it has been developed to offer superior penetration capabilities against enemy air defence systems, and features an advanced imaging infrared seeker with autonomous target recognition. It can fly at extremely low sea-skimming altitudes, and has terrain-following flight capabilities.

The NSM will serve as the key weapon for Norway's new frigates and corvettes, as well as Poland's land-based coastal defence.

Konsberg and Raytheon have also partnered to develop the joint strike missile and national advanced surface-to-air missile systems, known as NASAMS.