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Raytheon announced on 7 May that it is to provide the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) to the US Marine Corps (USMAC) under a $47.59 million (€42.46 million) Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreement.

NSM is a long-range, precision strike missile that can detect and destroy heavily defended land and maritime targets at long ranges. In 2018, the US Navy awarded Raytheon a contract to manufacture and deliver NSM as the Navy's over-the-horizon weapon system for littoral combat ships and future frigates. The Marine Corps' selection of the Navy's anti-ship missile enhances joint interoperability and reduces costs and logistical burdens.

The missile is the latest product produced in partnership with Norway and its leading defence systems developer, Kongsberg. A mobile, land-based NSM is already deployed with Poland's coastal defence forces.

This fifth-generation missile adds another dimension for sea control operations and for protection from adversary warships,” commented Vice President of Raytheon Air Warfare Systems, Kim Ernzen.

Launched from land or naval platforms, the NSM supports the 2018 National Defense Strategy and the modernisation efforts being spearheaded by the Commandant of the USMC. (Photo via Raytheon)

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