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BI becomes co-owner in Kongsberg Innovation for scaling of Norwegian technology and industry

BI Norwegian Business School becomes co-owner of Kongsberg Innovation and academic partner in a new joint initiative to help Norwegian technology companies realize growth ambitions in China, U.S, and Europe.

“We see a market need in supporting Norwegian tech companies that want to scale internationally. This collaboration connects the leading academic expertise within scaling with Norway’s leading industrial cluster. Together with BI, we look forward to scale Norwegian technology companies into the global market,” says Svein-Olav Torø, managing director at Kongsberg Innovation.

Kongsberg Innovation will build an ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship to strengthen international scaling of Norwegian technology and industry.

“This is an important investment that strengthens the interaction with Norwegian industry and industrial innovation hubs in Norway and internationally. Together, we will establish a leading business community that effectively creates value for Norwegian startups and scaleups for the future,” says Inge Jan Henjesand, President at BI Norwegian Business School.

The initiative aims to connect technology-based companies to industrial projects of national and international interest.

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Press Release: KSAT Announcing Impactful Cross-Industry Collaboration with Microsoft at Ignite 2020

KSAT is announcing an impactful cross-industry collaboration with Microsoft at Microsoft Ignite 2020. By integrating their world-leading capabilities, KSAT will work with Microsoft to explore new ways to make satellite data more accessible through Microsoft Azure Orbital, which is a new ground station as a service from Microsoft enabling customers to directly ingest data from their satellites into Azure, for processing and storage.

By combining industry experience, technology and cutting-edge expertise in their respective fields, the two companies will explore innovative methods for transporting, processing, and storing large amounts of space-based data in a new and integrated way through Azure Orbital Services.

The space industry is a fast-growing industry. New satellites are launched almost weekly and the amount of information retrieved from space is increasing every day. Finding the most efficient and sustainable solution for managing these huge amounts of data and making it available for government and commercial users is increasingly important in the years to come.

As one of the world’s largest providers of ground communications services for satellites and launch vehicles, KSAT is dedicated to making sure the customer’s data gets from space to where they need it on Earth in a fast and reliable manner.

Rolf Skatteboe, President and CEO of KSAT said: “Communication with satellites via strategically located ground stations, extensive ground-based communication networks and cloud-based solutions is a future-oriented approach that can create opportunities for new ways of using satellite-based information. Being able to deliver satellite data and run resource-intensive computing such as machine learning techniques and other applications using cloud-based solutions will not only change the way we deliver our services, but also how our customers will be able to utilize this information in the future. This is why we are pleased to announce our collaboration with Azure Orbital to provide integrated, global support for transporting, processing, and storing space-based data.”

Some of the most important sources for updated knowledge about our planet are space-based sensors on satellites. Satellite data is used for weather forecasts and hurricane warnings, to detect oil spills and expose illegal fishing, as well as to monitor ice movements and sensitive ecosystems like tropical rainforests. Space-based communications infrastructure is also an important tool in emergency response scenarios such as search and rescue, maritime communications, and following the destruction of terrestrial communication networks (as in extreme weather or wartime scenarios).

As the world experiences more change, more information is required for developing appropriate response plans. More space-based platforms are being built to address this demand for more data. In turn, more satellites being launched drives a requirement for an expanded communications and processing infrastructure here on Earth.

This is about more than pure technology and two large companies. We live in a time of great challenges where climate change is an ever visible force, and natural disasters are putting all of us to the test. By making satellite-based information more easily available – and in the right format – we can contribute to increased knowledge, better preparedness and faster response. Providing this option for our customers, on top of the same high-quality and reliable services they can always expect from KSAT, then we can make a difference”, Skatteboe concludes.

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GPS World: Raytheon awards Kongsberg contract for GPS-guided missiles

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has signed a contract with Raytheon Missile Systems to deliver Naval Strike Missiles under a contract worth $21.36 million. The missiles are for the United States Navy’s Over-The-Horizon Weapon System (OTH WS) program. Raytheon is the prime contractor.

The Naval Strike Missile is a GPS-guided long-range, precision strike weapon that can find and destroy enemy ships at distances up to 100 nautical miles. The stealthy missile flies at sea-skimming altitude, has terrain-following capability (it banks to turn) and uses an imaging infrared seeker for precise targeting in challenging conditions. The missile employs a semi-armor-piercing warhead optimized for anti-surface warfare.

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MAREX: Huntington Ingalls Buys Kongsberg’s Hydroid UUV Division

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced Wednesday that it has agreed to buy Massachussets-based marine robotics company Hydroid from its current owner, Kongsberg Maritime. HII and Kongsberg are also establishing an alliance to market their joint capabilities to the U.S. government.

Hydroid is best known as the maker of the REMUS series of underwater unmanned vehicles (UUVs), which are in widespread commercial, scientific and government use for oceanographic research, surveying, hydrography and (with special adaptations) for mine countermeasures. In November, Hydroid also took over responsibility for Kongsberg’s Seaglider long-endurance research drone product line.

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MAREX: Norwegian Spill Response Firms Take Aim at Ocean Plastic

A consortium of Norwegian researchers and environmental response companies plans to use oil spill response technology to clean up ocean plastic and other marine waste. The group, which calls itself “Clean Oceans,” has been designated an “Arena cluster project” by the Norwegian government’s R&D agency, Innovation Norway. 

The consortium will apply Norwegian oil spill prevention and response technology to help solve the challenges of plastic and other marine waste in oceans and waterways. It has its roots in the Norwegian Oil Spill Control Association (NOSCA), the professional forum for Norwegian oil spill prevention and response companies. Well-known members include Sintef, Framo, Kongsberg Satellite, the Norwegian Coastal Administration and Equinor, among many others.

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World Oil: Kongsberg Digital to digitalize Shell’s Nyhamna gas facility in Norway

ASKER, NORWAY – Kongsberg Digital, a subsidiary of KONGSBERG, signed an agreement to digitalize the Nyhamna facility, a gas processing and export hub for Ormen Lange and other fields connected to the Polarled pipeline. A/S Norske Shell is entering the partnership as operator of Ormen Lange and on behalf of Gassco as the operator of Nyhamna. The value of the contract scope, with a fully realized dynamic digital twin, is approximately 100 MNOK – with agile and iterative deliverables starting from Q4 2019.

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Equinor: Ten companies selected for Equinor’s Techstars Energy Accelerator 2019

Equinor today announced the second class of global start-up companies selected to participate in the Techstars Energy Accelerator. Three Norwegian companies participate in the programme.

The ten start-up companies have been selected from hundreds of applicants across 42 countries. Through an intensive 13-week programme they will seek to accelerate their solution by tapping into a global network of experts from Equinor and Techstars as well as the partnering companies KONGSBERG and Capgemini. 

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Oslo Børs NewsWeb: Kongsberg inngår milliardkontrakt med Lockheed Martin

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) har inngått kontrakt med Lockheed Martin Aeronautics akkumulert til 2 milliarder kroner for levering av deler til F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. NOK 700 millioner av kontrakten er allerede produsert og levert kunde. Det resterende er for leveranser fremover i tid. Avtalen omfatter produksjonspartiene 12-14 for leveranse av halerorsdeler og strukturdeler til flykroppen for alle tre variantene av F-35, totalt mer enn 500 fly.

“Denne kontrakten befester KONGSBERGs sterke og langsiktige posisjon i F-35 programmet. Produksjonen for flyet vil løpe i mange år og sikrer kontinuerlig produksjon ved KONGSBERGs fabrikk, og like viktig, baner vei for ytterligere fremtidige oppdrag», sier Eirik Lie, Administrerende Direktør Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.

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Press Release: Raytheon providing US Marines With Naval Strike Missile Produced in Partnership with Kongsberg

Raytheon Company announced today that they will integrate the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) into the US Marine Corps existing force structure under a $47.59 million Other Transaction Authority agreement with Marine Corps Systems Command.

A USMC NSM supports the 2018 National Defense Strategy and Commandant of the Marine Corps modernization efforts.

NSM is a long-range, precision strike missile that can detect and destroy heavily defended land and sea targets at long distances. Naval Strike Missiles can be launched from land or sea.

In 2018, the U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a contract to manufacture and deliver NSM as the Navy’s over-the-horizon weapon system for littoral combat ships and future frigates. The Marine Corps’ selection of the Navy’s anti-ship missile enhances joint interoperability and reduces costs and logistical burdens.

 “We are very pleased to expand the user community. The NSM is now selected by the US Navy and Marine Corps, Norwegian, Polish and Malaysian Navies from both ships and land based coastal defence. It is an off-the-shelf and non-developmental 5th generation strike missile system that can be rapidly deployed for operational use”, says Eirik Lie, President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.

 For further information:

Ronny Lie, Chief Communication Officer, Kongsberg Gruppen ASA, Tel.: +47 916 10 798

KONGSBERG (OSE-ticker: KOG) is an international, knowledge-based group delivering high technology systems and solutions to clients within the oil and gas industry, merchant marine, defence and aerospace. KONGSBERG has close to 11,000 employees located in 40 countries. Follow us on Twitter: @kongsbergasa.

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Regjeringen: Norsk forsvarsindustri tildelt oppdrag for F-35-komponentvedlikehold

I dag kunngjorde amerikanske myndigheter at norsk industri, i likhet med andre europeiske land som blant andre Danmark og Nederland, har passert nåløyet og blitt tildelt det europeiske ansvaret for komponentvedlikehold for flere teknologigrupper til F-35-partnerskapet.

Det er Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace og AIM Norway som har fått hovedansvaret for å bygge opp en kapasitet innenfor de tildelte komponentgruppene. Norsk forsvarsindustri valgte tidlig en samarbeidsmodell der også selskapene Berget AS, Kitron AS, Techni AS, Vinghøg AS og Widerøe Technical Services AS har bidratt med sin kompetanse inn i det samlede norske tilbudet. Denne samarbeidsmodellen har blitt verdsatt av det internasjonale programmet.

Til sammen dreier det seg om nærmere 400 reparerbare deler på kampflyet, inndelt i grupper som har innbyrdes synergier. Norge har blitt tildelt to slike grupper: en som inneholder hydromekaniske komponenter som pumper, aktuatorer og filtre, og en som inneholder våpenutløsningssystemer inkludert såkalte pylons.

– Det er veldig gledelig at Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace og AIM Norway har fått ansvaret for komponentvedlikeholdet for flere kategorier i Europa, men vi skal huske på at det er flere små og mellomstore bedrifter som også er med i det norske vinnerlaget, sier statssekretær Tone Skogen i Forsvarsdepartementet. – Regjeringen har arbeidet målrettet for at norsk industri skal vinne fram i konkurransen om kontrakter som understøtter til våpensystemet F-35, og det er gledelig at norsk industri har vist seg konkurransedyktig også når det gjelder vedlikeholdsoppdrag til våre nye kampfly.

Norge deltar som partner i utvikling og videreutvikling av selve flyet, noe som har gitt norsk industri anledning til å konkurrere om tjenester samt deleproduksjon til fly og motor. Så langt i produksjonsfasen har dette gitt kontrakter til en verdi av i overkant av 4,5 mrd. kroner, og det planlegges med leveranser frem til 2034. Disse nye tildelingene gir muligheter innenfor vedlikehold, og dersom norsk industri lykkes med å utvikle vedlikeholdet innenfor de tildelte komponentgruppene, vil det kunne tilsi kontrakter av betydelig verdi også i levetidsfasen som kanskje strekker seg 50 år frem i tid.

Regjeringen legger stor vekt på opprettholdelsen og videreutviklingen av samarbeidet mellom norsk og amerikansk industri i tilknytning til kampflyanskaffelsen. Det etablerte industrisamarbeidet skal bidra til å styrke industriens konkurranseevne, øke dens kunnskaps- og teknologibase og skape ringvirkninger til andre sektorer. Målsettingen for industrisamarbeid innenfor F-35 programmet er over tid å sikre nasjonal verdiskaping i samme størrelsesorden som flyenes anskaffelseskostnad.

Industrisamarbeidet blant partnernasjonene har siden begynnelsen vært basert på prinsippet om «best value», der industrien i partnernasjonene konkurrerer om oppdrag. Konseptet er valgt for å sikre høy ytelse og lave levetidskostnad for F-35.

Tidligere tildelte vedlikeholdsoppdrag 
Norge ble i 2014, sammen med to andre europeiske nasjoner, utpekt til å etablere kapasitet for vedlikehold av motoren til F-35. AIM Norway AS ble utpekt til å etablere denne kapasiteten, og er i gang med å bygge depot på Rygge. Dette  skal  etter planen stå ferdig i 2020. Flere norske bedrifter er også involvert i vedlikehold av spesialutrustning som underleverandører til Lockheed Martin.

Anskaffelsen av F-35 har gitt norsk industri muligheter til å bli leverandører i et av verdens mest avanserte teknologiprogrammer, noe som gir unike strategiske muligheter. Produksjonen av F-35 vil fortsette i mer enn 20 år og det planlegges å produsere mer enn 160 fly pr år når programmet etter hvert kommer opp på maksimal produksjonstakt. Deltagelse i programmet innebærer et betydelig kompetanseløft som kvalifiserer bedriftene til å bli leverandør til andre avanserte teknologiprogrammer utenfor F-35 programmet – og med F-35 som referanse.

For å tilføre F-35 den operative kapasiteten som Luftforsvaret behøver mot både overflatemål på sjøen og landmål, utvikler Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace Joint Strike Missile (JSM). Siste del av dette utviklingsprogrammet ble godkjent av Stortinget våren 2014 og har en ramme på om lag 4,7 mrd. kroner, noe som gjør det til et av de største teknologiutviklingsprogrammene i norsk landbasert industri noensinne.