Australia orders first Naval Strike Missiles
On 5 July, the Australian government announced it had ordered, under an accelerated acquisition, an unspecified number of Naval Strike Missiles (NSM).
Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace revealed in a press statement on the following day that this initial contract was worth NOK489 million ($48.6 million).
Øyvind Kolset, Executive VP Missile Systems at Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, stated, ‘Signing this initial contract to commence the acquisition of an Australian NSM capability is a very important milestone.’
He said it was a clear demonstration of the company’s commitment to the accelerated delivery of NSMs.
Kongsberg describes the Norwegian-developed NSM as ‘a fifth-generation, long-range, precision strike missile’.
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