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Norway conducts first armed NSM firing

06 June 2013

KNM Trondheim is noticeably damaged after being struck by a Kongsberg NSM during a live firing test on 4 June. The Skjold-class corvette KNM Steil (foreground) fired the missile. (Norwegian Armed Forces)KNM Trondheim is noticeably damaged after being struck by a Kongsberg NSM during a live firing test on 4 June. The Skjold-class corvette KNM Steil (foreground) fired the missile. (Norwegian Armed Forces)

Norway has conducted the first vessel-to-vessel firing of the Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) Nytt Sjomalsmissile/Naval Strike Missile (NSM) anti-ship cruise missile equipped with a live warhead, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 5 June.

The test firing, which was carried out successfully on 4 June, saw an NSM fired from the Skjold-class corvette KNM Steil and strike the Oslo-class frigate KNM Trondheim amidships on the fore superstructure. Trondheim was decommissioned from Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) service in 2006. The firing took place at the Andøya Rocket Range in northern Norway.

"This is a technical evaluation shooting that will provide valuable data for future work until NSM is handed over to the navy," Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) project manager Stig Klynderud stated.



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