Jul 29, 2023

AEROBOND Secures Sovereign Defence Manufacturing Contract for Naval Strike Missile Program

Naval News Staff 24 Aug 2023

Kongsberg press release

The NSM was selected by the Commonwealth of Australia in 2022 to replace the Harpoon AntiShip Missile capability under Project SEA 1300. The contract between AEROBOND and KONGSBERG will see domestically produced launcher canisters provided as part of the work program for the NSM capability to be employed on the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC Class Frigates and HOBART Class Destroyers.

AEROBOND has a deep history within the commercial aviation market and its work with KONGSBERG signals an important and strategic diversification into the defence sector, enabling the company to create a new focused entity within the business called AEROBOND DEFENCE.

By working together, AEROBOND and KONGSBERG are increasing Australian manufacturing content for Project SEA 1300 and growing important sovereign capability for a guided weapon project that greatly enhances Australia’s maritime strike capability.

AEROBOND will manufacture the NSM launcher canisters in a new purpose-built 3,500sqm facility in Adelaide, and will be immediately seeking to grow its workforce capability and expertise through the creation and recruitment of an additional 35 roles in South Australia. Production will commence in January 2024.

Justin Struik, AEROBOND’s Founder and Managing Director said “The contract with KONGSBERG is a recognition of the deep skills, experience and expertise that we have cultivated within AEROBOND and across our workforce. It is an important milestone in our pathway to becoming a leading supplier in the Defence industry supply chain. We look forward to working with the team at KONGSBERG and delivering exceptional quality to support the Royal Australian Navy and its protection of Australia.

“We are very pleased to have awarded this important contract to AEROBOND. Australia is home to a very talented and innovative defence industry, and KONGSBERG is committed to growing our network of local suppliers and providing manufacturing opportunities as part of our work program with the Australian Defence Force. This contract also supports the ongoing development of a Sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise for Australia.”

The Naval Strike Missile is a long-range, precision strike weapon that seeks and destroys enemy ships at distances greater than 100 nautical miles. It uses Inertial, GPS and terrain-reference navigation and imaging infrared homing (with a target database aboard the missile).

The NSM is a very flexible system, which can be launched from a variety of platforms against a variety of targets on sea and land.

The airframe design and the high thrust-to-weight ratio give the NSM extremely good maneuverability. The missile is completely passive and has proven its excellent sea-skimming capabilities and with its advanced terminal maneuvers, it will survive the enemy air defenses. The Autonomous Target Recognition (ATR) of the seeker ensures that the correct target is detected, recognized, and hit, at sea or on land.

The NSM is a fifth-generation anti-ship missile, produced by Kongsberg and managed in the U.S. by Raytheon. NSM reached Initial Operational Capability on the Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates and the Norwegian Skjold Class corvettes in 2012.

The Netherlands became the 11th and latest customer of the Naval Strike Missile in December 2022, joining the navies of Norway, Poland, Malaysia, Germany, United States (for both the US Navy and USMC), Romania, Canada, Australia, Spain and the UK.

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