Raytheon’s Kim Ernzen, Vice President Air Warfare Systems Discusses the Naval Strike Missile & What’s Next

Naval Strike Missile will be key for expanding combat capabilities and offensive lethality as the surface force moves toward the future.

Raytheon Missile Systems is providing the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) to the U.S. Navy through a partnership with Norway’s defense leader Kongsberg, which designed the missile for the country’s frigates and patrol ships that defend the coastline. Our companies recognized that NSM could immediately answer the Navy’s need for an “over the horizon” weapon and offered it as a ready-now solution – no development work or investment needed. Raytheon and Kongsberg teams worked with the Navy on an accelerated effort to add the missile to one of its first littoral combat ships, the USS Gabrielle Giffords, last year. Raytheon is also establishing a supply chain and production system of the missile here in the U.S. that brings jobs and work to several states. 

Q: The Naval Strike Missile is a new addition that will add firepower to the US Navy’s surface fleet. What is Raytheon’s role with the system?