Norway, in collaboration with Germany and lead industrial partner Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG), has officially commenced the development of the next-generation strike missile.
KONGSBERG, known for the current Naval Strike Missile (NSM), will take the lead in crafting the new SuperSonic Strike Missile (3SM) Tyrfing, set to complement the NSM and expected to be operational by 2035.
Norwegian Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram emphasized the project's strategic importance, aiming to sustain and enhance Norway's missile expertise, making them an attractive partner for NATO countries and close allies.
The current NSM, developed in the early 2000s, has been adopted by 13 countries since its delivery to the Norwegian Armed Forces from 2011 to 2015.
The new missile project, conducted in partnership with Germany, is slated for deployment on naval vessels in both countries. The government's proposal includes initiating and completing the initial design phase before seeking approval from the Norwegian Parliament to proceed further with the project.