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Rheinmetall to upgrade Norwegian air defence sensors

4th January 2023 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


Norway's NASAMS batteries will receive new electro-optical sensor systems. (Photo: Forsvaret)

Norway will replace its current Rheinmetall MSP500 electro-optic sensor units, fielded as part of the NASAMS surface-to-air missile system, with the new MSP600digital.

Rheinmetall has signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) to modernise the Multi Sensor Platform MSP500, which forms part of the country's NASAMS air defence missile system.

The MSP 500 is a stabilised sensor package with thermal and daylight cameras, laser rangefinder, video tracker, vertical sensor and north-finding sensor, integrated into NASAMS batteries.

The upgrade contract, valued in the low double-digit million-euro range, covers replacement of MSP500 systems supplied in 2002 plus associated simulators with the more powerful MSP600digital. Installation of new systems will commence in summer 2025.

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The MSP600digital, based on the in-service MSP600 used by Finland and Germany according to Shephard Defence Insight,  is a four-axis platform controlling an EO sensor package, consisting of a day/night thermal imager, laser rangefinder and HD colour daylight camera.

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