BAE Systems has been awarded £99m by Norway’s Defence Logistics Organisation to supply the Norwegian Antisubmarine Torpedo (NAT) programme with Sting Ray Mod 1 lightweight torpedos.
Sting Ray Mod 1 will arm the new Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates and will be integrated with the new NH90 anti-submarine warfare helicopter and the Orion P3-C maritime patrol aircraft.
The contract, won in a competition against other defence companies, represents the first export success for Sting Ray Mod 1.
The Sting Ray Mod 1 system is currently in production for the UK Ministry of Defence at BAE Systems’s facilities in Portsmouth and Waterlooville, Hampshire, under a main production order placed in 2003.
According to BAE Systems, the order from Norway will extend Sting Ray Mod 1 production until the end of 2012, safeguarding up to 50 manufacturing and engineering jobs at the company.