Naval Strike Missile
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The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) is a long-range, precision strike weapon that seeks and destroys enemy ships and land targets at distances greater than 100 nautical miles.
The only 5th-generation surface-to-surface guided weapon missile in service today, the Naval Strike Missile flies at sea-skimming altitude; has terrain following capability and uses an advanced seeker for precise targeting in both blue water and littoral environments.
In 2018, Raytheon Technologies was awarded a contract to manufacture and deliver the Naval Strike Missile to the U.S. Navy, immediately advancing its vision of distributed lethality, ensuring control and freedom of the seas. It is now fully operational with both the Norwegian and the U.S. navies.
NSM provides an ideal capability to replace the Royal Navy’s obsolete fleet of Harpoon surface-to-surface guided missiles.
The Naval Strike Missile eludes enemy radar and defence systems by a combination of stealth, high-G evasive maneuvers and flying at super sea-skimming altitude. NSM uses an advanced seeker for precise targeting and carries a 500-pound class warhead with a programmable fuze to maximise its lethality.
NSM was also developed for land attack missions with an ability to climb and descend with the terrain and map its position using GPS and inertial navigation.
In 2018, the U.S. Navy selected the Naval Strike Missile for its over-the-horizon defence of littoral combat ships and future frigates. The USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launched NSM in 2019 during Pacific Griffin, a biennial exercise conducted near Guam.
The U.S. Army successfully tested NSM from a land-based mobile launcher in 2018 during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in Hawaii.
In 2019, the U.S. Marine Corps selected NSM for integration into its force structure, sharing costs and interoperability with the Navy. The Polish Navy and the Norwegian Navy also test fired NSM from land-based installations as part of a joint-training exercise. Land-based NSM is in service with the Polish Navy's Coastal Defence Squadrons.