Kongsberg signs a preliminary agreement with Australia for NSM Capability

Kongsberg signs a preliminary agreement with Australia for NSM Capability
Kongsberg signs a preliminary agreement with Australia for NSM Capability

The Morrison Government has approved a $3.5 billion accelerated acquisition of improved weapon capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The program includes information about Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, which signed an initial contract with the Commonwealth of Australia for Naval Strike Missile (NSM) capability worth $48.4 million.


On 5 April 2022, the Federal Government announced the accelerated procurement of the NSM to replace the Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile on the Royal Australian Navy's ANZAC Class Frigates and HOBART Class Destroyers. NSM is a fifth-generation, long-range, precision strike missile developed in Norway and designed to defeat heavily protected maritime targets in contested environments. 
Kongsberg signs a preliminary agreement with Australia for NSM Capability

The combination of NSM and the previously announced Tomahawk Cruise Missiles is the best capability mix to meet Australia's needs, and it has been proven in service with our key alliance partner, the United States. 

 
 
The $3.5 billion is for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER), the National Security Missile (NSM), and naval mines to secure Australia's ports and maritime approaches.