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Norway Acquires New NASAMS Air Defence Systems

NASAMS air defence system [© KONGSBERG]

The Norwegian government has ordered new NASAMS air defence systems from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG).

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Press Release, Kongsberg, 28 June 2024: The Norwegian government has ordered new NASAMS air defence systems from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG), which will strengthen the country’s defence capabilities to combat aerial threats. The contract has a value of up to approximately NOK 4.8 billion, including options, with expected deliveries from 2027.

The contract with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) includes new multi-missile canister launchers and new Fire Distribution Centres for NASAMS, replacing equipment previously donated to Ukraine.

“Air defence is crucial for the defence of both Norway and Ukraine. We are now increasing volume and upgrading the existing NASAMS system with modern equipment capable of intercepting a variety of threats.

The …… and the upgrade of NASAMS. This agreement ensures rapid delivery to the Armed Forces and contributes to increasing production capacity in the defence industry,” said Norway’s Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram

“A state-of-the-art air defence system is strategically important for Norway’s defence capabilities and is vital for safeguarding our national security interests. This delivery will provide Norway with the latest generation of NASAMS, developed to meet current and future threats,” said Eirik Lie, President of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

The NOK 4.8 billion contract includes a fixed-price option worth NOK 2.5 billion for more air defence with validity until January 2025. Assuming the option is exercised, NDMA will, within just one year, have entered contracts and commenced deliveries of NASAMS equipment for four air defence batteries.

“Significant steps are now being taken to secure national interests by rapidly providing the Armed Forces with increased and modern air defence capabilities. This is made possible through close and effective collaboration between us, KONGSBERG, and the broader defence sector,” said Gro Jære, Director of the Norwegian Defence Material Agency.

About NASAMS: The original Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, or NASAMS, was delivered to the Norwegian armed forces in the 1990s. Today there are currently 13 nations in the NASAMS user group.

NASAMS’ modularity and open architecture enable the continuous introduction of new technology and new capability, which ensures that the system can be adapted to new threats and missions throughout its lifetime. NASAMS is one of the most flexible solutions in the market and covers a wide range of air defence needs.

KONGSBERG has invested in expanding its own production capacity, and at the same time strengthened ties with the many Norwegian and international suppliers that contribute to ensuring defence preparedness internationally.

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