AMRAAM launch

The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) has successfully fired four advanced medium range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) from a national advanced surface-to-air missile system (NASAMS) during the annual live fire exercise at the Andoya Rocket Range in northern Norway.

All four AMRAAMS are claimed to have successfully intercepted their airborne targets during the exercise, which was also attended by military observers from several countries, including two existing NASAMS customers.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems business Integrated Air and Missile Defense vice-president Ralph Acaba said NASAMS has a more than 90% success rate against a variety of targets and profiles in extensive tests and tactical live fire programmes in challenging scenarios.

"Our customers appreciate the flexibility of NASAMS and its ability to protect high-value assets and manoeuvring forces," Acaba said.

Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice-president Mike Jarrett said the successful test once again demonstrates the versatility of the combat-proven AMRAAM missile.

"Raytheon’s broad portfolio of missiles can provide precision fire power to ground based air defence systems such as NASAMS around the globe," Jarrett said.

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Jointly manufactured by Raytheon and Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, the NASAMS is a distributed and networked medium-to-long range air-defence system designed to defend high-value civilian and military assets on the ground against air threats.

"The successful test once again demonstrates the versatility of the combat-proven AMRAAM missile."

Currently operational in the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Spain and the US National Capital Region, the system augments the soldier’s ability to identify, engage and destroy existing and evolving enemy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and cruise missile threats.

The system, which can work seamlessly with the Patriot air and missile defence system and the Hawk air defence system, has also recently been ordered by Oman to strengthen its ground-based air defence capability.

Acquired by 36 countries worldwide, AMRAAM is designed to provide warfighters with enhanced operational capability, cost-effectiveness and future growth options/solutions, and is the baseline missile for the Nato-approved Norwegian advanced surface-to-air missile system.

Image: An AMRAAM missile being launched from a national advanced surface-to-air missile system. Photo: courtesy of Raytheon Company.

Defence Technology