Internal restructuring
Norge; Sør-Østlandet; Buskerud
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Fabricated Metal Products, Except Machinery And Equipment
25.4 - Manufacture of weapons and ammunition

130 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 September 2017
Employment effect (start)
1 October 2017
Foreseen end date
31 December 2017


The Kongsberg Group is implementing a restructuring programme by merging two units into Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace, resulting in the loss of 130 jobs. Kongsberg Protech Systems (KPS), which makes remotely operated weapon systems for tanks, submarines and military vehicles, and Kongsberg Defense Systems (KDS), which develops and manufactures rockets and missile systems (including NSM and JSM), will merge into Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace from 1 October 2017.

The restructuring programme aims to reduce costs by about 100 million NOK (approximately €106 million as of 13 September 2017) and will affect 130 employees, according to Kongsberg's communications manager. Voluntary job reduction measures will be preferred and severance packages will be offered to all employees. Some employees may be transferred to other units of the Kongsberg Group. This process is expected to take several weeks. If it does not yield results, the company will resort to direct dismissals. 


  • 8 September 2017: E24
  • 8 September 2017: Nettavisen
  • 8 September 2017: Kongsberg Group


Eurofound (2017), Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace, Internal restructuring in Norway, factsheet number 91885, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91885.