Latvia receives U.S. Nod to buy Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense System

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  • 07:48 AM, May 4, 2023
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Latvia receives U.S. Nod to buy Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense System
Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense System

Latvia is likely to place an order for Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense System worth over $100 million, now that it has received the go-ahead from the United States.

On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department said it approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Latvia of Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense System and related equipment for an estimated cost of $110 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

Latvia has requested to buy a Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense System (NSM CDS), including tactical, telemetered, and training missiles; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $110 million, per a DSCA release issued today.

The Naval Strike Missile is an anti-ship and land-attack missile developed by Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA). It succeeded the Penguin missile and was later marketed under the name Naval Strike Missile (NSM).

The NSM has a mass of 400 kg (880 lb) with booster and 350 kg (770 lb) without booster. It measures 3.96 m (13 ft) with booster and 3.48 m (11 ft 5 in) as a bare missile.

The missile's width is 700 mm (2 ft 4 in) when stowed and 1.36 m (4 ft 6 in) when wings are deployed. It has a titanium-cased penetrating blast and controlled fragmentation warhead that weighs 120 kg (260 lb).

The missile's propulsion system is a Microturbo TRI-40 turbojet with a solid rocket booster. The NSM has an operational range of over 200 km (110 nmi; 120 mi) and the NSM 1A has a range of 250 km (130 nmi; 160 mi).

It can fly at sea level or sea skimming altitude, and has a maximum speed of Mach 0.93 (316 m/s; 1,040 ft/s). Its guidance system includes GPS-aided INS (GAINS), laser altimeter, and TERCOM. The missile can be launched from naval ships and land-based vehicles.

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