The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (FMA) has chosen Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace to undertake the upgrading of its NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System) and manufacture tactical radios for the country’s military.
Under the first contract, valued at 365 million Norwegian Krone ($33.6 million), Kongsberg will replace specific radar components of the NASAMS system. This upgrade aims to ensure that the air defense system maintains its capacity to detect, identify, and neutralize airborne threats while aligning its configuration and functionality with those of other countries’ detection systems, according to Brigadier General Jarle Nergård, head of FMA’s air systems division.
The planned upgrades build upon collaborative developments with other NASAMS user nations, highlighting the ongoing evolution of NASAMS, as stated by Kjetil Myhra, Kongsberg’s vice president.
In addition, Kongsberg has been awarded a second contract worth 320 million Norwegian Krone ($29.7 million) to develop combat radios that provide enhanced secure tactical communications for the Norwegian military. The contract includes the delivery of a limited quantity of the new radio equipment for use by the country’s land forces. Eirik Lie, president of Kongsberg, emphasizes the importance of ensuring compatibility with existing systems in the Norwegian military inventory and readiness for the integration of future technologies.
FMA director Gro Jære highlights the significance of finding a future-oriented solution that meets the tactical radio capacity requirements of the sector, incorporating previously developed and delivered technology to the Armed Forces.