Today Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace conducted yet another successful test firing of the NSM (Naval Strike Missile) in France. The missile followed a sophisticated flight path, featuring a number of sharp turns and height and velocity shifts before striking a target ship.
"Naturally, we are very pleased that the missile hit the target. The firing test has demonstrated important new functions", says Tom Gerhardsen, president of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. "This successful test firing reduces project risk even further. The missile will be ready for deployment on the Norwegian Navy's new frigates and missile torpedo boats."
The NSM development contract was signed in 1996, and is a fixed-price contract. In December 2004, a transition contract was signed with the Armed Forces' Logistics Organisation for preparations and the start-up of production for the NSM. It ensures delivery of the fixed equipment to be deployed on board the first of the new Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen class frigates. Full implementation of serial production will not commence until after the formal completion of the development phase. The Storting (Norwegian parliament) must pass a special resolution before serial production can be initiated.