Kongsberg to develop new tactical radio for the Norwegian Armed Forces

By Defence Industry Europe

On June 22, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency to develop new tactical radio equipment (Combat Net Radio) for the Norwegian Armed Forces.

The contract is valued at approximately EUR 27.5 million (NOK 320 million), and this amount covers only the first phase of the development project. Kongsberg stated in a press release that under the agreement, they will develop, produce, and deliver a small quantity of the new radio equipment to the NDMA.

The press release also indicates that the land forces of the Norwegian Armed Forces will be the first to be equipped with the new equipment. “The delivery is part of Program Mime, which includes combat-related IT for the Norwegian Armed Forces, and which has defined operational requirements and design solutions for a new tactical radio system, called THOR,” emphasized Kongsberg in the press release.

“We are looking forward to developing and delivering a tactical radio together with the Norwegian Armed Forces and the NDMA that is compatible with existing systems and ready for further development with future technologies,” said Eirik Lie, President of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

The agreement describes several possible phases, where development and low-volume production of vehicle radio THOR VRM (Vehicle Radio Module) is the first agreed phase. Future possible phases include series deliveries, further development of software as well as maintenance support, Kongsberg said in a press release.


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