Chasing Norway’s New Stealth Cruise Missile

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    This is the Naval Strike Missile, Kongsberg's latest and greatest cruise missile, as it skims over the Pacific Ocean before tearing into its target on the far side of an island.

    The testing for this next-generation anti-ship missile took place off Point Mugu, California in June of this year. According to Konsgberg, the NSM had only 1.5 seconds to acquire and positively ID the ship as its target before striking.

    The state-of-the-art missile weighs about 400 kg (880 lb) and has a range of 100 nautical miles, both along the coast and in the open ocean. It uses GPS, inertial and terrain reference systems to maintain its bearings. Being a cruise missile, and the only fifth-generation long range precision strike missile in existence, the NSM is capable of flying over land while avoiding obstacles and skimming just above the surface of the ocean to avoid radar detection.

    The NSM will also make a random high-G-force maneuver in order to confound enemy countermeasures before Just before it strikes with a 125 kg multi-purpose blast/fragmentation warhead. The NSM is also capable of independently detecting and recognizing targets through its imaging infrared (IIR) seeker and on-board target database.

    It's being developed as the basis for the Joint Strike Missile program to be carried aboard Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II "Joint Strike Fighters" when they enter service. The Royal Norwegian Navy has also already chosen it for service aboard Fridtjof Nansen class frigates andSkjold class patrol boats as well as by the Polish Navy

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    [h=2]Norway May Pull Out of JSF If No Missile Deal[/h]
     
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    Extended video of the test



    The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) is an anti-ship and land-attack missile developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA), and whose initial serial production contract was signed in June 2007. It has been chosen by the Royal Norwegian Navy for its new Fridtjof Nansen class frigates and Skjold class patrol boats. It was reported in December 2008 that NSM has been selected to be ordered by the Polish Navy.

    The state-of-the-art design and use of composite materials is meant to give the missile sophisticated stealth capabilities. The missile will weigh slightly more than 400 kg (880 lb) and have a range of at least 185 km (100 nm). NSM is designed for littoral waters ("brown water") as well as for open sea ("green and blue water") scenarios.

    Like its Penguin predecessor, NSM is able to fly over and around landmasses, travel in sea skim mode, and then make random manoeuvres in the terminal phase, making it harder to stop by enemy countermeasures. While the Penguin is a yaw-to-turn missile, NSM is based on bank-to-turn flight.

    The target selection technology provides NSM with a capacity for independent detection, recognition, and discrimination of targets at sea or on the coast. This is possible by the combination of an imaging IR (IIR) seeker and an onboard target database. NSM is able to navigate by GPS, inertial and terrain reference systems.

    After being launched into the air by a solid rocket booster which is jettisoned upon burning out, the missile is propelled to its target in high subsonic speed by a turbojet sustainer engine—leaving the 125 kg multi-purpose blast/fragmentation warhead to do its work, which in case of a ship target means impacting the ship at or near the water line.

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    What is so stealth about it? It is there version of Exocet Blk III.
     
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    Exocet blk 3 is not using composites. Correct me if wrong.
     
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    That is how they reduced the weight to double its range.
     
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    That must be having implications over its radar signature.
     
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    Yeah, it reduces it.
     

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