Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has received a contract to supply a mobile ground-based air defence system to the Norwegian Army.

The contract is valued at Nkr583m ($64.04m) and was awarded by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency.

The Norwegian Defence Ministry and Kongsberg agreed to a direct acquisition process for the army mobile ground-based air defence system in February 2017.

The mobile, short-range air defence system will feature certain capabilities from the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), including its network and command and control solutions.

NASAMS is a network-centric short-to-medium-range ground-based air defence system developed by Kongsberg and Raytheon.

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace president Eirik Lie said: “The army mobile ground-based air defence system provides the Norwegian Army a unique capability to provide air defence throughout their manoeuvre operations.

“We are very pleased that the addition of the army mobile ground-based air defence system in the Norwegian forces, along with the existing NASAMS air defence system, provides both the Norwegian Army and the Air Force extremely advanced air defence systems from Kongsberg.”

Other components of the air defence system are Diehl Defence’s IRIS-T missile and a radar system from Weibel Scientific.

The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency and Kongsberg worked on defining the final configuration and system solution before finalising the contract.

The army mobile ground-based air defence system will be used to defeat modern airborne threats. The system will also support integration with other sensors and weapons.