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Rheinmetall has signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) to modernise the MSP500 multi-sensor platform, the company writes in a press release.

The total value of the order is in the low double-digit million-euro range. The framework contract covers the replacement of the old MSP500 system supplied in 2002 as well as the associated simulators with the more powerful MSP600digital sensor system. The installation of the new systems is scheduled to start in summer 2025.

The multi-sensor platforms slated for modernisation form part of the Norwegian NASAMS air defence system. They are integrated with NASAMS batteries. According to Rheinmetall, the MSP600digital is the performance-enhanced, HD-capable, digital successor of the MSP500 and MSP600 sensor platforms used by various armed forces worldwide.

The MSP600 digital system is based on the MSP600 system, which is in service with many navies, coastguards and other military and civilian users. The four-axis stabilised platform controls an electro-optical sensor package, consisting of a state-of-the-art thermal imager (day/night vision), a high-precision laser rangefinder and a high-resolution HD colour daylight camera.