Raytheon-Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM): Fifth-gen Over the Horizon Precision Strike Missile

The Naval Strike Missile is a long-range, precision strike weapon that can find and destroy enemy ships at distances up to 185 km away. The stealthy missile flies at sea-skimming altitude, has terrain-following capability and uses an advanced seeker for precise targeting in challenging conditions.

The US Marine, US Navy and Polish Army already fields shipboard and ground-based coastal defense version of the missile.

The Naval Strike Missile is fully operational and in use today. It meets or exceeds the U.S. Navy’s over-the-horizon requirements for survivability against high-end threats, demonstrated lethality, easy upgrades and long-range strike capability. The weapon was successfully demonstrated on the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship USS Coronado and USS Gabrielle Giffords.

Norway-based Kongsberg Gruppen and U.S. missile maker Raytheon Company were selected earlier this year by the U.S Navy to install the NSM aboard most LCSs by 2023.

The USS Gabrielle Giffords launches a Naval Strike Missile at the decommissioned USS Gerald Ford.

The U.S. Marine Corps is adopting the Naval Strike Missile to provide it with a potent anti-ship capability to complement the U.S. Navy’s sea control mission.

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Features

  • Emits low observable signals to avoid detection by enemy radars
  • Climbs and descends with the terrain
  • Performs evasive maneuvers to counter the world’s most capable defense systems
  • Carries a programmable fuze warhead
  • Speed .9 mach
  • Weights 407 kg
  • Mission: land and sea targets

Raytheon builds launchers for the Naval Strike Missile in the United States, and has plans to leverage its extensive supply base to build the missile and other components in the U.S. as well.

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