In recent weeks, together with Poland, the Norwegian Navy has conducted a major firing exercise in the Andfjorden. The missile firing is a regular exercise that tests Norway's Naval Strike Missile, NSM.
“The Navy regularly conducts training and operations in the northern areas. We contribute to surveillance and presence in the north, and demonstrate our military capability to protect our marine areas with our allies,” says Chief of the Navy, Commodore Rune Andersen.
Missile fired from frigate and corvette
The frigate KNM Otto Sverdrup and the corvettes KNM Storm and KNM Gnist, have fired with all weapons in the surface domain. The most important part of the firing exercise was with one of the Navy's main weapons, the Naval Strike Missile. The Navy fired two missiles during the exercise, one from the frigate and one from the corvette. Poland has fired two missiles from land-based systems.
“The exercise has yielded a very good benefit for training and exercise. The firing has been carried out in a realistic way. This raises the skill level on board and provides useful results that are analyzed and used further in tactics development.”
In addition to national participation from a number of units from the Armed Forces, there were also several international observers and participants.
“It is important that we work closely with our allies. There has been great interest from several Allied countries to participate and observe the exercise, and it is very positive. Andøya Test Center has built up unique expertise and infrastructure to conduct realistic training with various weapon systems, and this is of interest to many.”
During the exercise the NSM was fired from both land and vessel. The targets were sea targets, either remote-controlled or static.
“NSM is one of the most modern weapons of its kind in the West. The weapon is very difficult to detect and defend against. It is important for us that such an exercise be as realistic as possible.”
Collaboration between the Navy and the Army
The exercise has been coordinated and monitored by the Andøya Test Center (ATC). The Norwegian Defense Research Institute (FFI) and the Navy's Warfare Center have continuously contributed to analyzes and debriefing of results for the crews.
Brigade Nord has been present on land with elements from its combat air defense. It also fired at drone targets with cannon and machine guns. The Navy and the Army have thus also been trained in network-based operations.
“Being able to share the aerial image with each other in real time means that the Brigade and the Navy can make even greater use of sensors and weapons, and both are able to give each other early warning and good situation understanding,” concludes Chief of the Navy Rune Andersen.
“The exercise has been good and feedback from observers and participating units is positive. Our areas in the north are very suitable for maritime training, and a good exercise for Norway and our allies,” says Captain Oddbjørn Endal, who is responsible for the execution of the exercise.
-- Norwegian participating units: KNM Storm, KNM Gnist, KNM Otto Sverdrup, KNM Magnus Lagabøte, KV Sortland, Mine Divers Command, Coastal Hunters Command, MARCSS (Maritime Combat Service Support), Andøya Test Center, Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace, Defense Research Institute.
-- International participation: POL Coastal Missile Division, POL PZL M28B Bryza, MPA, as well as observers from a number of countries.