Romania Purchases Naval Strike Missile Systems for $137M

Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has received a $137-million contract to deliver Naval Strike Missile (NSM) coastal defense systems to Romania.

The contract award follows the signing of a letter of acceptance for the weapon system between Bucharest and the US government.

According to Kongsberg president Eirik Lie, the selection of its NSM defense system is an important milestone for the company and the Eastern European nation.

The missile would provide Romania with one of the most modern and effective coastal defenses available.

“Their selection confirms that our world leading solutions are contributing to a nation’s security,” Lie said.

Romania’s NSM will be co-produced by Raytheon Missiles & Defense.

Increased Demand

Kongsberg’s NSM is a long-range, precision strike weapon able to seek and destroy enemy ships more than 100 nautical miles (185 kilometers/115 miles) away.

It has a 500-pound (226-kilogram) class warhead and proven sea-skimming capabilities.

The weapon’s autonomous target recognition technology ensures that the correct target is detected, recognized, and struck.

Last month, the Royal Navy chose the NSM as a temporary replacement for its aging Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

The Netherlands followed suit, ordering an undisclosed number of NSMs for its Air Defence & Command Frigate fleet.

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