Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace (KDA) and Navantia SA SME have signed an extension of their Memorandum of Understanding, initially agreed in 2022, with the objective of adding mutual collaboration for the integration of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) in Navantia designs.
KDA, designer and manufacturer of NSM missiles will collaborate with Navantia in a technical and industrial approach to meet the requirements of Spanish and Norwegian Navies as well as in the benefit of international clients.
The first MOU between KDA and Navantia was signed in March 2022 to explore potential mutual collaboration in support of the modernization of the Royal Norwegian Navy F-310 Nansen class frigates. Since then, Navantia has been awarded different contracts by the Norwegian Minister of Defence (MoD), such as the Configuration Audit, the Feasibility Phase and Important Modifications that are under development in the Norwegian frigates.
Additionally, KDA has received confirmation that the Spanish Navy will acquire NSM to replace the Harpoon missile when it is retired from active service. Spanish Navy plans to equip the existing F-100 and the new F-110 Class Frigates.
Under the present Memorandum, the Spanish state-owned company Navantia and Kongsberg (51% Norwegian state-owned company), will foster joint collaboration to integrate the NSM missiles in current and future surface combatants units with the ultimate goal of providing the best solutions to the Spanish and Norwegian Armed Forces.