Kongsberg has been awarded a contract for modernisation of the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s (RoNAF) Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System II (NASAMS II).
Under the terms of the NOK300m ($54.37m) contract, the company will upgrade the existing missile launchers with new electronics and software, in an effort to improve performance and also extend its lifetime.
Commenting on the system, Kongsberg Defence Systems executive vice president Eirik Lie said the NASAMS II represents a critical part of Norway’s air and ground protection.
"’NASAMS is the most sold air defence system in Nato, where Norway, with its experience and expertise, is a leading air-defence nation," Lie added.
Jointly manufactured by Kongsberg and Raytheon, the NASAMS II is a module-based, distributed and netted medium range air-defence system designed for quick identification and destruction of existing and emerging enemy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or cruise missile threats.
Operational since 2007, the NASAMS II is an upgraded variant of the NASAMS air-defence system featuring 12 missile launchers (LHCR), each carrying six AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM), eight active 3D AN/MPQ64 Sentinel radars and one fire control centre (CTOC).
Additional components include one MSP500 electro-optical camera vehicle and one tactical control cell (TCC) vehicle, as well as advanced sensors, command, control and communication systems.
The system safeguards high-value assets and mass population centres, in addition to providing cover for manoeuvring forces in the battlefield.
Apart from Norway, the NASAMS II systems have also been deployed by Chile, Finland, Spain and Netherlands. Upgrade work under the contract is scheduled to be completed within a three-year timeframe.
Image: Norwegian NASAMS II air defence system being readied for launch. Photo courtesy of © 2013 KONGSBERG.