Kongsberg Naval Services (KONGSBERG), a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, has secured a significant strategic framework agreement with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency to provide operational support, maintenance, and life-extending services for Royal Norwegian Navy frigates.
The total value of the agreement is estimated to be up to NOK 17 billion, covering services to be delivered until 2040. KONGSBERG has been chosen as the primary supplier responsible for managing and conducting ship technical maintenance, modifications, and life-extending activities on Norway’s Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates.
KONGSBERG will collaborate with partners through integrated, long-term cooperation with the Norwegian Armed Forces and the Norwegian Defence Material Agency. The company has formed a group comprising the shipyards Westcon Yards and Coast Center Base (CCB), along with WilNor Governmental Services (WGS) and Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM).
KONGSBERG has also entered into a cooperation agreement with Navantia to ensure support services from the shipyard that originally built the ships. To provide maintenance services as per the contract with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA), Kongsberg Naval Services (KNS) has been established. The company is jointly owned by Kongsberg Maritime and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. The contract between NDMA and KNS is expected to be signed later in December 2023.
“Together with our strong Norwegian suppliers, we can offer efficient and sustainable maintenance services to strengthen the Armed Forces’ operational capability and preparedness, and at the same time provide support to Norway’s allied forces,” said Geir Håøy, President and CEO of Kongsberg Gruppen.
“Maritime industry, defence technology and digitization are KONGSBERG’s main pillars. In this framework agreement with the Norwegian Armed Forces, these are united to optimize operations and increase technical availability for the Norwegian frigates throughout their lifetime, while at the same time facilitating predictable operating and maintenance costs,” said Håøy.