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King Harald in Poland 2012

King Harald of Norway and Polish authorities witnessed a successful demonstration of KONGSBERG's Naval Strike Missile this morning.

The demonstration was part of the State visit by King Harald and Queen Sonja to Poland this week. The Polish Navy has signed a contract for the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) coastal artillery system made by KONGSBERG.  Initially placed in 2008, the order currently carries a price tag of about NOK 1.5 billion.

 King Harald NSM Poland 2012
 The Norwegian king Harald and Executive Vice President, Harald Ånnestad of
  Kongsberg Defence Systems.


“As head of KONGSBERG, I am very pleased to see not only growth in trade with our group, but also a general  strengthening of industrial relations between our two nations", comments Walter Qvam, Chief Executive Officer of KONGSBERG, in connection with the state visit. 

The demonstration was organised through cooperation between KONGSBERG and the Polish authorities. In addition to Norway's King, the demonstration was attended by the Norwegian Defence Minister Espen Barth Eide (Labour) and representatives of the Polish authorities. As a member of NATO and the EU, Poland is an important partner for Norway, and the country has seen strong growth in retail sales in recent years. While several other European countries have been marked by the financial crises, Poland has experienced healthy growth.

In his speech earlier in the day, CEO Walter Qvam underscored the importance of long-term industrial cooperation with Poland, pointing out the opportunities that this entails. "We can challenge each other and explore international industrial opportunities together", he said.


For further information, please contact:

Kyrre Lohne, Vice President, Strategic Communications, Kongsberg Defence Systems
mobile: + 47 920 60081

Facts about KONGSBERG in Poland:

  • In December 2008, KONGSBERG signed a contract to deliver the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) coastal artillery system to the Polish Navy.
  • In 2010, the contract was augmented and it is now valued at about NOK 1.5 billion.
  • Polish industry is involved in roughly 45 per cent of the contract.
  • KONGSBERG currently has offices in Stettin and Warsaw, where a total of 70 employees work in the civilian maritime industry and with defence technology.
  • KONGSBERG is one of several companies in the trade delegation in connection with the state visit.

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