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Norway considers purchasing long-range rockets

The Norwegian defence forces are considering the purchase of long-range rocket weaponry, according to Klassekampen.

The Norwegian defence forces are considering the purchase of long-range rocket weaponry, according to Klassekampen.

The cost would run into NOK billions.

The purchase of long-range rockets is being considered in a report which is part of the basis for the defence forces' new long range planning, the newspaper writes.

The rockets which are under consideration have a range of around 1,500 kilometres, and may be delivered by airplanes, submarines and frigates.

Norway has never had this type of weaponry before, and the considerations must be seen in the light of the evaluation of the Norwegian defence forces' future assignments.

The rockets could be used against targets in other countries which could not be reached by any other means than long-range fire-power, it says.

One of the alternatives considered is the US produced Tomahawk rocket, which costs up to NOK 20 million a piece. The report is said to estimate that the Norwegian Defence will need 160 such rockets.