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KONGSBERG has a long and proud history from its establishment in 1814 to today's global commitment. For more than 200 years, KONGSBERG has been a strategic partner to Norwegian Armed Forces in close cooperation with  1,500 suppliers from all over the country. KONGSBERG has a strong focus on education and recruits within a wide range of expertise.

In July 2019, Norwegian Armed Forces and KONGSBERG signed a strategic agreement on the operation and maintenance of air systems. As a result, the Armed Forces and KONGSBERG also signed a cooperation agreement on the operation and contingency of the NH90 helicopter fleet, which results in KONGSBERG establishing approximately 60-70 new positions at Bardufoss. This creates new and safe workplaces in Bardufoss, as well as being the starting point for establishing cooperation on education and apprenticeships in the area.

In the long term, cooperation will be established with the municipality / county and the Norwegian Armed Forces for technical education in secondary schools, apprenticeship schemes and potential needs for military basic education.