Romania Signs Contract For Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense Systems (NSM CDS)

Romania has signed the Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) contract for the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defense Systems (CDS). The General Directorate for Armaments of the Ministry of National Defense signed the contract on behalf of the government. In October 16, 2020, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS). The costs of the systems, which includes four mobile launchers, is about $286 million. Delivery will take place in the last quarter of 2024.

The Government of Romania has requested to buy two (2) Coastal Defense Systems (CDS) consisting of: up to ten (10) Link-16 Multifunctional Information Distribution System – Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS-JTRS). Also included are two Coastal Defense System Fire Distribution Centers; four Mobile Launch Vehicles; Transport Loading Vehicles; Naval Strike Missiles; non-operational Inert Handling/Loading Missile (IHM) to support missile handling and loading/unloading; training missile and equipment spares.

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U.S. Marine Corps unmanned JLTV fires Naval Strike Missile (NSM) for first time.
U.S. Marine Corps unmanned JLTV fires Naval Strike Missile (NSM) for first time.

The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) is an anti-ship and land-attack missile developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA). A NSM CDS battery consists of three missile launch vehicles, one battery command vehicle, three combat command vehicles, one mobile communication center, one mobile radar vehicle with TRS-15C radar, one transport and loading vehicle, and one mobile workshop vehicle. Each MLV carries 4 missiles and can be connected to the CCV by optical fiber or radio up to 10 km (6.2 mi) away; up to 6 launchers with 24 missiles can be netted together at once.

The proposed sale will improve Romania’s capability to meet current and future threats by improving Romania’s maritime defense capabilities in the Black Sea and increasing interoperability with the United States. Romania will use this long-range, precision strike weapon to enhance mission effectiveness, survivability, and NATO interoperability in current and future missions and operations. Romania will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and support into its armed forces. The principal U.S. contractor will be Raytheon Missile and Defense, Tucson, AZ.

 Polish Navy's Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defense System launcher.
Polish Navy’s Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defense System launcher.

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