The Royal Norwegian Navy and KONGSBERG have earlier this month performed the first live fire shot against a sea target with a series produced NSM (Naval Strike Missile). The test was conducted at the US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division's Point Mugu range in California and again demonstrated the unrivalled capabilities of the missile.
The missile was launched from its canister and completed the planned route, performed a wide range of advanced manoeuvres including extreme sea skimming capabilities, before locating, engaging, hitting and destroying the sea target. International observers at the test witnessed a successful demonstration.
The NSM is in series production for the Norwegian Navy, the Fridtjof Nansen class frigates and Skjold class coastal corvettes, and the Polish Navy Coastal Squadron system. Deliveries for the platforms are scheduled for 2011-2014.
The NSM is the only 5th generation long range precision strike missile in existence today. It is designed as a highly discriminative anti-ship missile able to penetrate shipboard defences and operate effectively in both blue water and littoral environments. It is a stealthy and highly manoeuvrable weapon combining GPS-aided midcourse guidance with an advanced dual-band IIR seeker.
The NSM is a very flexible system, which can be launched from a variety of platforms against a variety of targets. The airframe design and the high thrust to weight ratio gives the NSM extremely good manoeuvrability. The missile is completely passive, has proven its excellent sea skimming capabilities and with its advanced terminal manoeuvres it will survive the enemy air defences.
The Autonomous Target Recognition (ATR) of the seeker ensures that the correct target is detected, recognised and hit, at sea or on land. The international interest for the missile is increasing in NATO and other countries.
The experience and competence accumulated during the NSM development and production, as well as the experiences with the Penguin missile through more than 50 years, is the foundation in the development of the new JSM missile (Joint Strike Missile) to be used on the F-35.