Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has signed a EUR124 million (USD153 million) contract for the supply of an undisclosed number of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) anti-ship missiles for the six Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) currently being built for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).
The contract, which was signed at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, is a follow-on to the agreement announced 9 April 2015 for NSM shipboard equipment, said the company in a statement, adding that the medium-range NSMs would be deck-mounted and integrated to the SETIS combat management system provided by France’s Naval Group.
“The contract provides the Royal Malaysian Navy with an important surface-to-surface-missile capability and confirms NSM’s very strong position in the international market,” Kongsberg President Eirik Lie was quoted as saying in a statement.
No details about delivery plans were disclosed.
A company official told Jane’s that by introducing the NSM, the RMN would become “the first navy in Southeast Asia to operate a ‘fifth-generation’ anti-ship missile”.
The NSM has a minimum range of 3 km (1.5 n miles) and a maximum operational range in excess of 200 km (108 n miles), according to Jane’s Weapons: Naval . The range can be extended to 250 km (135 n miles) through minor modifications and a different flight profile. The missile is armed with a TDW IM-compliant titanium-cased penetrating blast and controlled fragmentation warhead weighing 120 kg.
Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) is building the 3,000 tonne LCSs under a MYR9 billion (USD2.1 billion) contract awarded to BNS in July 2014. The first ship of the class, Maharaja Lela , was launched in August 2017.
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