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Naval Strike Missile - NSM

The Naval Strike Missile is a new long-range, precision-strike weapon that can find and destroy enemy ships at distances up to 100 nautical miles. Produced by Raytheon, the missile skims the surface of the water and is so accurate that crews can pinpoint which part of the enemy ship to destroy using the ship’s integrated combat system.

The Kongsberg NSM is a long range precision strike missile designed to be launched from a variety of ships against a variety of targets. When searching for missiles for its new frigates and coastal corvettes, the Royal Norwegian Navy studied thoroughly existing missiles on the market and the planned upgrades of these. None of these missiles were found to satisfy the requirements of a modern navy well into 2015 and beyond. It was therefore decided to develop a completely new missile based on latest technology, the NSM.

NSM is claimed to be the only fifth generation long range precision strike missile in existence. Already chosen by the Royal Norwegian Navy for its new frigates and new coastal corvettes, the NSM will be fully operational on these ships when they enter service in the near future. The NSM is also selected by the Polish Navy for use on its new coastal artillery installations. The NSM is currently used on Norwegian Nansen Class frigates and Skjold Class missile torpedo boats, and in the Polish Coastal Missile Division.

The NSM is a flexible system which can be launched from a variety of platforms against a variety of targets. The airframe design and the high thrust to weight ratio gives the NSM extremely good maneuverability. The missile is completely passive, has proven its excellent sea skimming capabilities and with its advance terminal maneuvers it will survive the enemy air defences. The Autonomous Target Recognition (ATR) of the seeker ensures that the correct target is detected, recognised and hit, at sea or on land.

Being a cost effective system which has demonstrated unsurpassed capabilities in numerous tests, the international interest for this missile is strongly increasing in NATO and other countries. The US Navy live firing demonstration of the NSM in September 2014 took place under the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) program and will act as a demonstration of the missile's potential to execute an anti-surface warfare role. The US Navy uses the FCT program to take advantage of foreign technologies that offer potential opportunities for increasing the warfighting capabilities of US ships.

NSM Missile Attributes

  • Solid propellant booster motor
  • Turbojet sustainer engine (JP-10)
  • Low missile weight
  • High, adjustable subsonic speed
  • Range: > 100+ nm (profile dependent)
  • GPS assisted INS guidance, TERCOM
  • Intelligent Imaging IR (I3R) seeker
  • Automatic target recognition (ATR)
  • Seeker generated aim point
  • Titanium alloy warhead casing
  • 500 lbs class warhead (264 lbs)
  • Programmable, multipurpose fuze
  • Selectable payload configuration
  • Highly maneuverable
  • Wave-adaptable super sea skim
  • Low Observable RCS and IR signature design
  • Highly resistant to countermeasures
  • Precise TOT
  • Overall length: 156 in
  • Wingspan: Folded 27.5 in, deployed 53.5 in
  • Launch weight: 880 lbs

The USS Gabrielle Giffords crew successfully demonstrated the fully operational Naval Strike Missile (NSM) for the first time at Exercise Pacific Griffin 2019. Using the ship’s integrated combat system, the crew launched the powerful anti-ship cruise missile at a decommissioned ship. The over-the-horizon Naval Strike Missile system was installed and integrated onto the LCS by a team from General Dynamics Mission Systems and Austal USA. “The integration of the Naval Strike Missile system onto the Independence-class LCS was an example of what a small team of highly talented people can do in a very short time. Working closely with the Navy and Austal USA, General Dynamics engineers were responsible for the technical design and integration of the weapon system onto the ship which involved developing software, installing the system, and performing fratricide and other safety analysis.” – Stan Kordana, Vice President of Surface Systems at General Dynamics Mission Systems

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