The U.S. Navy has selected the Naval Strike Missile, offered by Raytheon Technologies and Kongsberg Gruppen, for over-the-horizon defense of littoral combat ships and future frigates.
Raytheon Technologies will manufacture and deliver the over-the-horizon weapon systems under a $14.8 million contract for offensive missiles loaded into launching mechanisms, and a single fire-control suite. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $847.6 million.
NSM is a long-range, precision missile that strikes heavily defended land and sea targets. The missile, which can reach enemy defenses up to 100 nautical miles away, uses advanced seeker and target-identification technology.
Raytheon Technologies will manufacture NSM launchers, missiles and components in the U.S. The company has begun launcher production at its factory in Louisville, Kentucky, and will perform missile final assembly and testing at its Tucson, Arizona, facility. The contract will generate business for more than two dozen U.S. suppliers. The missile program is the latest product of a longtime partnership with Kongsberg, Norway's defense leader.
Raytheon Technologies and Kongsberg "are celebrating 50 years of cooperation, and the selection of the NSM marks another successful step for our close relationship," said Eirik Lie, president of Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace AS. “We are able to provide the U.S. Navy with the best of two worlds."