Norway to Invest $90M to Accelerate NASAMS Production

We're procuring critical NASAMS parts now to expedite future orders, addressing widespread delays in the defense industry: Defense Minister
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Norway to Invest $90M to Accelerate NASAMS Production
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The Norwegian government has unveiled intentions to procure essential components for NASAMS air defense systems production, aimed at improving delivery times for launcher units upon signing new contracts.

The government has proposed an allocation of approximately NOK 941 million ($90 million) to KONGSBERG as part of a new investment proposition for the Norwegian Armed Forces, which is being submitted to the Norwegian Parliament for political consideration.

"We must enhance Norway's air defense capabilities to more effectively protect both civilian and military objectives from air attacks. The present security climate necessitates the expedited procurement of advanced air defense systems. The conflict in Ukraine has underscored the vital importance of air defense in wartime," stated Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre in a government press release.

"We've seen an increase in delivery times. To address this, we aim to order critical parts now to speed up future procurements of NASAMS. Extended delivery periods are a widespread issue in the defence industry, and this initiative is expected to decrease production times," stated Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram.

NASAMS is currently used in 13 countries and is provided by KONGSBERG in collaboration with American Raytheon.

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