Increasing firepower excellence: By adding more Naval Strike Missile (NSM) systems, the Polish Navy’s Coastal Missile Squadron strengthens its capabilities

Polish Navy Coastal Missile Squadron is an important element of the NATO defence system. Thanks to their mobility, they can be used to strengthen the defence of any European country. On October 26 PIT-RADWAR and Wojskowe Zaklady Elektroniczne, companies belonging to the Polish Armaments Group, signed contracts with the Norwegian concern Kongsberg Defense & Arerospace (KDA) for the construction and delivery of two Naval Missile Units, with servicing and production of NSM missiles. The contract for two Naval Missile Units for the Polish Navy, signed by PIT-RADWAR S.A., is a consequence of contract concluded on September 5, 2023 between the Armament Agency and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace for the supply of coastal missile systems with NSM (Naval Strike Missile) missiles. Currently, the Navy has two NDR systems. One was purchased in 2008 and delivered in 2012, the other was ordered in 2014 and handed over to the army in 2017. PIT-RADWAR cooperated with KDA in the implementation of both contracts.

“When we’re talking about the Naval Missile Unit, we not only have the Jelcz company in mind, but, mainly, our partners from Norway, who proved that they are our close business partner, and cooperation in the construction of this unique unit showed that we understand each other really well. What is particularly important, as PGZ, we have the opportunity to cooperate with partners who are leaders in their substantive areas. This definitely applies to the Kongsberg company, which is why our companies, such as PIT-Radwar or WZE, benefit from this cooperation,” said the President of the Management Board of PGZ S.A. Sebastian Chwalek.

The second agreement, concluded by Wojskowe Zaklady Elektroniczne S.A., stipulates the transfer of knowledge and technology regarding the servicing and production of NSM missiles. The company already has experience in this subject, as contracts for previously acquired Coastal Missile Squadrons were also accompanied by technology transfer to the Polish industry, including: maintaining elements of the NDR system and the NSM missiles themselves, which is what the WZE plant in Zielonka does.

The contract signed by PIT-RADWAR provides for the construction and delivery of vehicles to four Coastal Missile Squadrons. Each of them consists of a set of vehicles, which includes: Mobile Communication Center (MCC) – 3 pcs., Squadron Command Vehicle (SCV) – 1 pc., Battery Command Vehicle (BCV) – 2 pcs., Command Control Vehicle The total contract value is over PLN 1.1 billion. The delivery is scheduled to be completed in 2029.

The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) is an anti-ship and land-attack missile developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA).An NSM coastal battery consists of three missile launch vehicles (MLV), one battery command vehicle (BCV), three combat command vehicles (CCV), one mobile communication center (MCC), one mobile radar vehicle (MRV) with TRS-15C radar, one transport and loading vehicle (TLV), and one mobile workshop vehicle (MWV). Each MLV carries 4 missiles and can be connected to the CCV by optical fiber or radio up to 10 km (6.2 mi) away; up to 6 launchers with 24 missiles can be netted together at once. When installed on ships, NSMs can be deck-mounted in packs of one, two, three, four, or six launchers. Total installation weight, including electronics and cabling, is 8,600 lb (3,900 kg) for 4 launchers, 17,000 lb (7,700 kg) for 8 launchers, and 26,000 lb (12,000 kg) for 12 launchers.

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