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Surface Forces: Norway Loves Aegis
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June 7, 2007: The second of five Norwegian Nansen class frigates, the Roald Amundsen, has completed its sea trials and entered service. The 5,200 ton Nansen class ships are being built in Spain and cost $600 million each. The 433 foot long Nansens have a top speed of 48 kilometers an hour. Weapons include eight NSM anti-ship missiles, 32 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile anti-aircraft missiles (in an eight cell launcher), one 76mm gun, four 12.7mm machine-guns, four torpedo tubes, depth charges and one helicopter. The highly automated ships have radar, sonar, electronic countermeasures and a crew of 130. These ships are equipped with American Aegis radar systems, and their design is based on the he Spanish Alvaro de Bazán class Aegis ships. The U.S. guards it Aegis radar technology closely, and only five navies have ships using this AESA type radar and its powerful software.

 

The last three of the Nansens will enter service in three years. There have been some complaints about poor quality control in the Spanish shipyards. Then again, the Spanish yards were the low bidder, and the Norwegian and German yards that lost out, have not forgotten, nor have their supporters in Norway. Meanwhile, the Norwegians like the idea of having such a powerful anti-aircraft ship to deal with any mischief the Russians might be up to in the future.

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sjdoc    Building 'em in *Spain*? Wotthehey?   6/7/2007 2:30:59 PM
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Has anybody else reading this item taken a moment to find something just a little bit odd in the fact that the government of Norway has outsourced the construction of its most advanced naval warfare assets to shipyards in Spain? 
 
Admittedly, Norway is a small nation, but it had been a major maritime presence all through the 20th Century, with its naval combatants and its merchant fleet playing a substantial and important role against the Axis throughout World War II despite the fact that the country had been occupied by the Germans from 1940 until the final Nazi surrender. 
 
It's not odd that they're taking advantage of their larger allies' technical capabilities; nobody expects them to stomp a sophisticated electronics industry out of the ground, after all.  But at the very least they should be capable of spending their military budget on "nuts-&-bolts" naval construction in their own country, shouldn't they? 
 
What the hell is going on in Norway? 
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justbill       6/7/2007 3:39:14 PM


What the hell is going on in Norway? 


Anti-military Socialism?
 
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Something Meatier       6/8/2007 1:51:35 AM

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Building 'em in *Spain*? Wotthehey?
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I was thinking the same thing.  Why would ANY country with native industry outsource such a (relatively) big project like that?  I have heard about the Norse being notorious penny-pinchers, but this is ridiculous.  Maybe it frees up more money for a worthy cause, like aid to hungry African dictators. ;-)
 
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