A decision in Congress could have serious consequences for the long-standing defense cooperation between Norway and the United States, warns Norway’s ambassador to the US, Kaare Aas.
The dispute is about the missile engine ‘Raufoss’ that Nammo produces for the US Air Force, writes newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.
The engine is used in missiles fired from F-16 and other fighter jets. The contract is valued at several billion Nok a year. Now a Congress politician is trying to adopt a requirement that forces their Ministry of Defense to use two suppliers , where only one of them is foreign.
There is according to US media, only one American company that is capable and this is the company that lost the contract to Nammo a few years ago. The company is located in the home state of the proposer, Congressman David McKinley.
In a letter to the head of the US Armed Services Committee, Congressman Mac Thornberry, Norway’s ambassador warns of the proposal.
– The bill would effectively compromise our long-standing cooperation, writes Ambassador Aas in the letter.
He notes that the United States and Norway have been close allies for decades.
– Such a law would also compromise a NATO cooperation that both countries have signed up to, writes Aas.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today