“This contract is a testament to the strong cooperation we have developed with Raytheon in the air defence market. This is the largest single order in KONGSBERG's history and reflects not only the advanced capabilities in NASAMS but its strong international position”, says Geir Håøy, President and CEO of Kongsberg Gruppen ASA.
NASAMS is the world's most widely used air defense system in its class. KONGSBERG, in collaboration with Raytheon, has previously won NASAMS contracts with 10 nations, where Qatar now becomes the 11th user of the system. The contract includes qualification of the new AMRAAM-Extended Range missile to be delivered by Raytheon. Qatar thus becomes the first AMRAAM-ER customer in the world.
“This contract is important and will involve approximately 150 Norwegian subcontractors and represent 4000 Norwegian man-labour years. NASAMS` modularity and open architecture enable a continuous introduction of new technology ensuring that the system can be adapted to new threats and missions throughout its lifetime”, says Eirik Lie, President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.
KONGSBERG is a national, industrial locomotive focused on extensive use of Norwegian subcontractors within its various programs. A broad base of the Norwegian industry is already engaged in the production of NASAMS which, with this agreement, will be increased and secured in the longer term.