By David Stenerud
Figures NorWatch have gathered from Statistics Norway show that Norway during the first nine months of this year, exported weapons and ammunition worth a total of 1,17 billion NOK. In the course of the entire 2001 the country exported a mere 646 million NOK of such goods.
It is mainly Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and Nammo Raufoss, in addition to the Norwegian Defence, that sell arms cross borders from Norway. Mostly it is weapons ment for military purposes.
Main markets are countries such as USA, Germany, Denmark and the UK, but also nations like Botswana, Macedonia, South Korea, Malaysia and Israel have exchanged money for Norwegian articles of war.
- Defence business better off
Then information director with Nammo Raufoss, Birger Hofsten, last year stated that the Norwegian weapons' company had received several new orders from NATO countries after the terror attack on the World Trade Center. - After the terrorist acts in the US, and the attacks against bin Laden in Afghanistan started, many NATO countries have began to look over their stores of defence material. It is nor unreasonable to escertain that some find they have to supplement their stock, Holsten said to Oslo-based news paper Dagsavisen October 29th last year.
A year later communication coordinator Sissel Solum at Nammo Raufoss stated to NorWatch that the increased amount of orders the company has received does not constitute a "boom". She confirems the picture, though:
- After the September 11th attacks, the business of defence is relatively better off than other businesses, said Solum.
Norwatch Newsletter 9/10-02