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Nammo AS
IndustryMilitary industry
HeadquartersRaufoss, Norway
Key people
Morten Brandtzæg (CEO),
ProductsAmmunition, missile and propulsion systems
NOK 1061 million (2016)
Number of employees
2200 (2017)
ParentNorwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry (50%)
Patria 50% (50.1% owned by Government of Finland and 49.9% by Kongsberg)

Nammo, short for Nordic Ammunition Company, is a Norwegian/Finnish aerospace and defence group specialized in production of ammunition, rocket motors and space applications. The company has subsidiaries in Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, the United States and Canada. The company is owned 50/50 by the Norwegian Government (represented by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries) and the Finnish defence company Patria. The company has its headquarters in Raufoss, Norway.

The company has five business units: Small Caliber Division, Medium & Large Caliber Division, Missile Products Division, Demil Division and Nammo Talley.


Nammo was founded in 1998 by Raufoss (Norway), Patria (Finland) and Celsius (Sweden). The Lapua cartridge factory in Finland is also part of the Nammo group as Nammo Lapua Oy. In 2005, the present joint ownership between Patria and the Norwegian Government was established.[1]

In 2007, Nammo acquired the US munitions company Talley, Inc. after purchasing 100% of its shares. In 2009, it was revealed the Israeli Defense Forces purchased 28,000 M72 LAWs from Nammo Talley, along with weapons parts and training missiles valued at NOK 600 million. These munitions would later be used in Operation Cast Lead.[2][3] According Nammo Raufoss Administrative Director Lars Harald Lied, the company also produces 12.7mm "multi-purpose" ammunition[4] that is used by both American and Norwegian soldiers in the occupation of Afghanistan, often in contravention of international law.[5]

In addition to alleged international law violations, the company has also caused controversy in Norway, whose laws prohibit Norwegian companies from selling munitions for conflict purposes. Nammo Information Director Sissel Solum alleges that Nammo bears no responsibility for the use of their munitions after purchase, although some claim that this is a breach of the intended spirit of national export regulations.[2][6] The company has also been able to circumvent Norwegian laws and avoid prosecution by outsourcing manufacturing to plants in the US, Finland, and Sweden.[2]


Missile propulsion[edit]

Orbital launch vehicle[edit]

In January 2013, Nammo and the Andøya Rocket Range spaceport announced that they would be "developing an orbital Nanosatellite launch vehicle (NLV) rocket system called North Star that will use a standardized hybrid motor, clustered in different numbers and arrangements, to build two types of sounding rockets and an orbital launcher" that would be able to deliver a 10 kg (22 lb) nanosat into polar orbit.[7]

Small caliber ammunition[edit]

Medium and large caliber ammunition[edit]

Nammo produces, or has produced, the following medium and large caliber ammunition:[citation needed]


  1. ^ "History of Lapua". Nammo Lapua. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Leer-Salvesen, Tarjei; Thorleifsson, Renie; Martiniussen, Erik (10 February 2009). "Norge tjener på våpensalg til Israel" [Norway Profits from Weapon Sales to Israel] (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Israel - M72A7 Light Anti-Armor Weapons (LAAWs)" (PDF) (Press release). DSCA. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  4. ^ Vingelsgård, Lars (10 February 2010). "«Deler kroppen i to»" ["Splits the Body in Two"] (in Norwegian). Under Dusken. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  5. ^ Johnsen, Nilas (7 October 2008). "Dreper fra 1380 meter" [Kills from 1380 meters] (in Norwegian). VG. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  6. ^ Løkeland-Stai, Espen (26 November 2015). "Fra Nammo til Israel" [From Nammo to Israel] (in Norwegian). Dagsavisen. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  7. ^ Lindsey, Clark (2013-01-28). "North Star rocket family with hybrid propulsion". NewSpace Watch. Retrieved 2013-01-28. (Subscription required (help)).

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