US Marine Corps picks NSM for anti-ship missile capability

The US Marine Corps has selected the Norwegian Naval Strike Missile for a program that will allow the service to defend against enemy warships from the shore.

Photo: Raytheon

According to a Raytheon announcement from May 7, the Kongsberg-developed Naval Strike Missile will be integrated US Marine Corps’ existing force structure under a $47.59 million contract.

Another missiles reported to have been considered for the program, which was dubbed Navy-Marine Expeditionary Ship Interdiction System (NEMSIS), included Lockheed Martin’s Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile and Boeing’s Harpoon.

The complete system foresees the launching of anti-ship missiles from ground-based vehicles. The system is expected to be tested by 2020.

This is the second success for the NSM in the US after Raytheon and Kongsberg were contracted 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,” Raytheon said.

“This fifth-generation missile adds another dimension for sea control operations and for protection from adversary warships,” said Kim Ernzen, vice president of Raytheon Air Warfare Systems.