Romania Buys Naval Strike Missile Coastal Batteries

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Romania Buys Naval Strike Missile Coastal Batteries
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The Pentagon has announced a $208.7 million contract to Raytheon Missiles & Defense to provide Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense System for the Republic of Romania.

Work is expected to be completed by September 2028. Foreign Military Sales (Romania) funds in the amount of $208,736,138 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year, an official Pentagon release issued today said.

Raytheon will work with Norway’s Kongsberg to provide an unspecified number of Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense Systems as part of the deal.

Romania has a more than 100-mile coastline on the Black Sea, which is home to the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet.

The Naval Strike Missile, or NSM, was developed initially for the Royal Norwegian Navy as a modern anti-ship missile with a range of more than 100 nautical miles for its surface fleet. The ground-based launcher was developed by Kongsberg in part for export sales paired with a command and control system.

Kongsberg says the NSM CDS was designed to shoot down different types of sea targets such as small and light ships made of Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastics (GFRP) and large naval combatants like destroyers and frigates and ships with thick hull like icebreakers. This system also features land attack capability which is primarily based on use of the military GPS but seeker-assisted land attack capability is also available if requested.

The U.S. and Romania signed a foreign military sales agreement in 2021 to acquire the NSM CDS.

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