The Royal Navy has chosen the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile.

The UK and Norwegian governments have agreed to increase defense cooperation. The Norwegian government will provide the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), which will be mounted on Type 23 frigates and Type 45 destroyers.

The Naval Strike Missile will be integrated into more ships, boosting security in regions of common interest. In addition, because the Harpoon surface-to-surface weapon will be phased out in 2023, a new world-class anti-ship missile will operate on the first Royal Navy ship in less than a year.

“KONGSBERG is very pleased to welcome the Royal Navy as a member of the NSM User Group. We proudly support the strengthening of defense ties between our nations by integrating the NSM on the Royal Navy’s vessels,” says Executive Vice President of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace Øyvind Kolset.

Naval Strike Missile
USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launches a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) during exercise Pacific Griffin. (Source: Official U.S. Navy Page/Flickr)

The NSM is an advanced long-range, precision-strike weapon that can be launched from ships, submarines, and land. It features high accuracy and low collateral damage, making it ideal for operations in congested littoral environments. The missile can also be used to engage both surface and land targets.

The Royal Navy will receive the NSM in 2021, with integration on more ships planned for the future. The NSM will give the Royal Navy increased capability to accurately detect and accurately detect and destroy targets at sea and ashore. This will provide greater security for the UK’s allies in regions of common interest, such as the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea.

The Royal Navy has seen progress over the past decade regarding modernization and technology. The decision to choose the Naval Strike Missile is a testament to the Royal Navy’s continued development and pursuit of cutting-edge technology. In 2003, the UK Ministry of Defence announced a £2.5 billion investment in naval vessels. This included six new Type 45 destroyers and three new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.

In 2007, HMS Daring, the first Type 45 destroyer, was commissioned into service. The Type 45 destroyers are some of the most advanced warships in the world, equipped with the Sampson radar system and the Sea Viper missile system. The Sea Viper missile system can fire the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM), a joint UK-Norwegian missile.