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Norway orders new NASAMS air-defence systems

Norwegian anti-aircraft battalion at Evenes conducting live firing with NASAMS during annual Exercise ‘Silver Arrow' at Andøya. (Norwegian Armed Forces/Fabian Helmersen)

The Norwegian government and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace have announced the award by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) of a contract on 28 June for new National Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS). The contract includes new multimissile Canister Launcher Mk2s and new fire distribution centres (FDCs) for NASAMS, with deliveries expected from 2027.

Oslo said in a Norwegian government press release on 28 June that the acquisition would strengthen Norway's air defences, replace equipment donated to Ukraine, and facilitate future donations.

The contract is valued at up to NOK4.8 billion (USD450.6 million): NOK1.6 for NASAMS Canister Launcher Mk2 launch units and FDCs), NOK650 million to prepare for future defence procurement, and a fixed-price option worth NOK2.5 billion valid until January 2025 for four additional air-defence batteries.

This latest contract is in addition to a NOK1.4 billion contract for Canister Launcher Mk2s and new FDCs announced on 31 January, an NDMA spokesperson told Janes on 1 July. A Kongsberg spokesperson told Janes on 1 February that the new NASAMS system features improvements compared with older systems, including the latest generation FDCs with updated technology and the Canister Launcher Mk2, which can fire AIM-9X Sidewinder block 2 and Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Extended Range (ER), in addition to the standard AMRAAM, from the same launcher.

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