Norwegian Defence Research Establishment

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Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
MottoFFI turns knowledge and ideas into an effective defence
TypeResearch Establishment
EstablishedApril 11, 1946; 77 years ago (1946-04-11)
Parent institution
Norwegian Ministry of Defence
Director GeneralKenneth Ruud
FFI in Kjeller, Norway

The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Forsvarets forskningsinstituttFFI) is a research institute that conducts research and development on behalf of the Norwegian Armed Forces and provides expert advice to political and military defence leaders. In particular, its task is to keep track of advances in the fields of science and military technology which might affect the assumptions on which Norwegian security policy and/or defence planning is based.


The institute was established in 1946. Its roots lie in Norwegian participation in British scientific research during the Second World War (see Allied technological cooperation during World War II). Many Norwegian scientists and technologists took part during the period when Germany occupied Norway between 1940 and 1945.

FFI has 714 employees, of which approximately 360 are scientists and engineers. The main location of the institute is at Kjeller near Lillestrøm, 20 km east of the country's capital Oslo. The Kjeller area is a hub of research activity in south eastern Norway, with a total of some 2,400 people working at a variety of research establishments, colleges and university departments.

Part of the institute's Maritime Systems Division is situated in the coastal city of Horten, southwest of Oslo on the western side of the Oslofjord. Horten is known as the country's MEMS capital, and is also a center of electronics and naval research and industry.

In way of concrete technology products, FFI is known for, among other things:


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  1. ^ "30 years of the international internet". 2003-11-19. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  2. ^ Brown, Dwayne (2014-07-31). "NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before" (Press release). Headquarters, Washington: NASA. Archived from the original on 2021-02-19. Retrieved 2020-04-08. The Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX), a ground-penetrating radar that will provide centimeter-scale resolution of the geologic structure of the subsurface. The principal investigator is Svein-Erik Hamran, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), Norway.
  3. ^ "RIMFAX". NASA. Archived from the original on 2021-03-06. Retrieved 2021-04-08. The Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment, known as RIMFAX, uses radar waves to probe the ground under the rover.

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