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NASAMS manufacturer to open new missile production plant this summer

NASAMS manufacturer to open new missile production plant this summer The NASAMS system manufacturer promises to open a new missile production plant this summer (Photo: defensie nl)
Author: Daria Shekina

The manufacturer of the advanced surface-to-air missile system NASAMS will open a new missile production plant this summer, according to the Kongsberg company's page.

In the company's release, it is stated that the security policy situation in Europe has increased the need to ensure the availability and delivery of ammunition and missiles.

Last year, the European Commission launched the ASAP program (Ammunition Production Support Act) to increase ammunition and missile production capacity.

The company has taken several measures to increase production capacity, such as investing in a new missile plant in the city of Kongsberg, which will open this summer. According to them, capacities are further increasing with the support of the EU and Norway.

EU has helped the Norwegian company

The company's investments include equipment and machinery to increase the capacity of the new missile plant, as well as a new facility to produce sensor components. In addition, there will be investments in the supply chain.

Kongsberg plans to invest a total of 640 million Norwegian kroner (55 million euros), of which the EU contributes 10 million euros.

NASAMS systems for Ukraine

NASAMS is a Norwegian advanced surface-to-air missile system that can launch 72 missiles in 12 seconds. It is used to shoot down aircraft, helicopters, and cruise missiles within a radius of up to 40 km.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine received the NASAMS anti-aircraft missile system in November 2022.

In January of last year, the Canadian Ministry of Defense stated that Ukraine would be able to receive the NASAMS air defense system purchased by the country in the shortest possible time once it is prepared.

In November, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine had received additional NASAMS air defense systems. They have already been put on combat duty and will be a good reinforcement of the air defense system on the eve of winter.