Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) has been selected as a strategic partner in the Mime Combat information and communication technology (ICT) programme for the Norwegian Armed Forces.

Combat ICT solutions help to support mobile operational activities in the defence forces.

The company entered into a partnership agreement with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) to become the strategic partner of the programme.

As agreed, KDA will offer ICT services, and will also undertake system integration.

The partnership comprises several regulatory sub-agreements and the company may also deliver products and solutions to the Mime programme, subject to procurement regulations and the market situation.

NDMA director Gro Jære said: “We have a close, good, and long-standing collaboration with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and, through this agreement, we will establish a structure for a strategic partnership during times of peace, crisis, and war.

“With this agreement, KDA will be responsible for developing comprehensive ICT solutions for the Armed Forces. The agreement also allows KDA to create good cooperation arenas for small and medium-sized suppliers who, together, will create the solutions the Armed Forces demand.”

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace president Eirik Lie said: “We are proud to have been chosen as a strategic partner in combat ICT and to be entrusted with the responsibility to ensure the entire ecosystem of suppliers work together as a team to develop the best, and most modern, solutions for the Norwegian Armed Forces.”

The partnership is expected to further develop, with KDA assuming more responsibility for Combat ICT. The company is also expected to increase the ecosystem of suppliers to meet the Armed Forces’ requirements and benefit the domestic defence businesses.

Last year, Milrem Robotics partnered with KDA to build a new robotic combat vehicle.