First LIVE testfiring of the Norwegian NSM Missile
This is the explosive moment the Norwegian navy blew up one of its own decomissioned ships to test out their latest long-range missile.
The KNM Trondheim, a 300ft long decommissioned frigate, was transported out into the sea off the coast of Andøya to be used as target practice.
Dramatic footage released by military bosses captures the countdown before the new 'Naval Strike Missile' - a four-metre long, 880lb weapon - is fired in the direction of the vessel.
The Naval Strike Missile is a sophisticated anti-ship and land-attack weapon developed especially by Norwegian defence and aerospace firm Kongsberg. The 880lb missile is propelled towards its target at subsonic speed by a Microturbo TRI
-40 turbojet. It is almost four metres long and carries a 125kg warhead which is capable of destroying or severely damaging any naval vessel. Fitted with a GPS system, it can travel stealthily over coastline, oceans and land.
This agility means it can also pull off last-minute G-force maneuvers to prevent getting shot down.
The combination of an imaging infrared (IIR) seeker and an onboard target database ensures that the missile can seek out and detect targets up to 100 nautical miles away with pinpoint precision. Kongsberg is also developing a Joint Strike Missle (JSM) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter .
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The missile will be fitted onto the Royal Norwegian Navy Nansen class frigates and Skjold class Missile Torpedo Boats. The JSM will be added to the F35 fighter.
In the footage it seems that this particulare launch was done from a Skjold class Missile Torpedo Boat.