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24 Nov 16. RNoN successfully tests Kongsberg’s one-shot mine disposal weapon system. The Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) has successfully tested Kongsberg Defence Systems’ latest one-shot mine disposal weapon system, Minesniper MkIII, aboard the RNoN’s mine countermeasures (MCM) vessel.
The live-firing event, which was part of the system’s sea acceptance test, was conducted outside Ramsund Naval Base in northern Norway.
During the test, the mine disposal system successfully fired two Minesniper MkIII weapons against a moored mine and a bottom-laid mine. Kongsberg Defence Systems acting president Eirik Lie said: “We are very pleased to be part of the live firing exercise performed by the RNoN. The live firing demonstrated Minesniper’s unique manoeuvrability, automatic navigation modes, identification and neutralisation effectiveness.”
Following the successful test, Minesniper MkIII has been approved for Nato service. The Minesniper Mk III weapon system is a lightweight and low-cost vehicle modularly designed for rapid and efficient mine verification and neutralisation. It also provides automatic navigation and helps minimise the operator’s load with its intuitive operator interface.
Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency project manager Dag Jarle Archer-Lure said: “The Royal Norwegian Navy has with the Kongsberg Minesniper MkIII a state of the art One Shot Weapon System designed to meet the MCM fleet’s need for an effective countermine tool.
“In addition, the system with its upgraded training vehicles provides the operators with a proven extended capability of identifying underwater objects.”
In September 2013, Kongsberg signed a contract for the supply of the Minesniper Mk III weapon system to the RNoN. (Source: naval-technology.com)
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23 Nov 16. Royal Danish Navy sets SM-2 buy as priority, mulls frigate BMD upgrade. Key Points:
• SM-2 purchase is the top priority for the service, but funding remains the challenge
• The navy will also make a decision on a planned frigate BMD upgrade path in 2018
Funding to acquire a stock of Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) Block IIIA medium-range missiles for its Iver Huitfeldt-class frigates is the Royal Danish Navy’s (RDN’s) top priority, the service’s most senior officer has told IHS Jane’s. Speaking on board the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes (F 362) during an 18 November port visit in Baltimore, Maryland, Chief of the Naval Staff Rear Admiral Frank Trojahn also indicated that a decision would be made on a planned frigate ballistic missile defen