Kills per dollar

MODERN TIMES prints an excerpt here from Dag Hoel's new book, Fred is one of the best - from inside the Norwegian ammunition industry. The book is about Hoel's upbringing, close to Raufoss Ammunition factories AS and international arms trade in general.

Published: 2017-09-14

Raufossingen Bjarne Gravdahl was director and responsible for the ammunition factory during the period when the culture came to Raufoss and we Norwegians discovered that although all animals were equal, some were similar to others. It was in the 80 century that innocence hit us. The shoulder pads grew year by year.

I visit Gravdahl on a winter day with frost smoke and creak in the snow. He accepts the stairs and guides me into the sofa. On the coffee table cloth lies a pile of overhead foil with graphs and statistics, spring-loaded tools from warm-up board meetings - and now witnesses from Gravdahl's regime.

When I start by saying that I grew up in Villåsen, I find out that the reason the hamlet never got bigger than a handful of houses was the danger of explosion from the factory's ammunition store that was planted down in the woods, not far from my childhood valley.

"There is no doubt that if that had gone up in the air, it would have been difficult up in Villåsen!"

We laugh heartily. The former director is as fresh in the line of duty as when it stormed two to three decades ago - Raufoss' fate. At that time, not everyone was equally happy about Gravdahl's straight-from-the-liver communication: "Sociognomists have their way of thinking, while engineers have another," he said. “In our world, it's strictly about efficient production, or kills per dollar, as the Americans say. "

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We make ourselves comfortable in the salon, while Gravdahl says that product development in the 80s was hampered by the fact that sales of ammunition were "pushy". Raufoss Ammunition Factories could have made more and made more products, unless the politicians had restricted sales. However, when things went relatively well, this was due to the fact that developments in the defense sector have been directed at the US and other large countries.

"If we hadn't been there, we would never have released new weapons. We were good at innovation at Raufoss, but to have a market for innovation, we had to be active and visible. Our relationship with the United States was crucial to working with new technology on, for example, rockets. ”

To land international sales, Raufoss had agents around the world. For example, the United Kingdom was an important market, and Raufoss was associated with Gordon Foxley, the former head of procurement in the UK Department of Defense, which from the mid-80s…

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