US: Raytheon Company and Kongsberg have formed a teaming agreement for the Naval Strike Missile (NSM). The pact represents a second step in the companies' efforts to offer Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW) solutions to the many governments interested in the warfare mission. Raytheon and Kongsberg formed a similar agreement last year to develop the Joint Strike Missile, the air-launched version of the NSM.
According a spokesperson from Raytheon, NSM, in operation today, provides superior strike capability against land and sea targets with a range in excess of 200 kilometers. It is the main weapon for Norway's new frigates and corvettes, Poland's land-based coastal defense, and an NSM was successfully test-fired from the U.S.S. Coronado littoral combat ship in September 2014. NSM was also a highlight of the 2014 Rim of the Pacific exercises when it was fired from the Royal Norwegian Navy's Fridtjof Nansen frigate and scored a direct hit on a target ship.