Norway to Provide Ukraine With Additional NASAM Air Defence Launchers Worth Almost NOK 3.5 Billion
Norway plans to transfer ten additional launchers and four fire control centres of the NASAMS air defence system to Ukraine from Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace (KDA). The Norwegian government has submitted this proposal to the Norwegian parliament.
"This is in addition to the purchase of equipment already transferred to Ukraine. The investment amounts to NOK 3.45 billion," the Norwegian government's website reports.
"The Norwegian NASAM system saves Ukrainian lives and prevents the destruction of buildings and infrastructure. Russian missile and drone attacks are large-scale and brutal, so air defence is absolutely crucial for Ukraine. At the same time, I am concerned that we restore air defence capabilities for our own defence as soon as possible," said Defence Minister Bjorn Arild Gram.
The individual contract clauses and the number of aircraft to be delivered to Ukraine from the new order will be announced after the procurement process is completed.
Today, NASAMS is the world's leading air defence system jointly offered by KONGSBERG and Raytheon. It is one of the most flexible solutions on the market, covering a wide range of air defence needs.
As The Gaze previously reported, the Norwegian government made an exception and allowed direct arms sales to Ukraine. To do so, the government lifted the ban on arms sales from its territory to military conflict zones, which had been in place since 1959. From 1 January 2024, Norwegian companies will be able to sell weapons directly under contracts with the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.
The government said at the time that Russia's war of aggression threatened Ukraine as a state and a nation, so only a few days after Russia's full-scale invasion in February 2022, the Norwegian government decided to provide Ukraine with arms and defence products.