NSM is the only fifth generation long range precision strike missile in existence as per today. Already chosen by the Royal Norwegian Navy for its new frigates and new coastal corvettes, the NSM will be fully operational on these ships when they enter service in the near future. The NSM is also selected by the Polish Navy for use on its new coastal artillery installations.
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 maneuverability. The missile is completely passive, has proven its excellent sea skimming capabilities and with its advance terminal maneuvers 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.
Being a cost effective system which has demonstrated unsurpassed capabilities in numerous tests, the international interest for this missile is strongly increasing in NATO and other countries.
Successful final milestone for NSM – 06/22/11
The Royal Norwegian Navy and KONGSBERG have successfully 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.
Source: Kongsberg Defence Systems