Norway will develop a next-generation naval strike missile in collaboration with Germany.
Norwegian defense firm Kongsberg will lead the development of the SuperSonic Strike Missile Tyrfing, which is expected to be ready by 2035.
Oslo is preparing to initiate and complete the initial design phase and will recommend continuing the project to parliament.
“We need to begin the work today to develop the weapons that will protect us against tomorrow’s threats,” said Norwegian Defense Minister Bjorn Arild Gram.
“The new missile will strengthen Norway’s defense capability and ability to fight targets at long distances.”
Naval Strike Missile
The move comes over a decade after Kongsberg began developing the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) in the early 2000s.
The NSM was inducted into the Norwegian Armed Forces between 2011 and 2015 and has since been selected by 13 navies.
“The new strike missile project will ensure that Norway retains its position as a world leader in missile production, based on seamless cooperation between industry, governments and research establishments. The project will create new Norwegian jobs, while offering Norway and its allies improved defense capabilities,” Kongsberg President Eirik Lie added.