Norway, Raytheon and Kongsberg for promoting mobility at NASAMS

Norway’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has announced its upcoming collaboration with Raytheon and Kongsberg to enhance the “mobility and operational flexibility” of the Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS).

NASAMS is a medium-range air defense system jointly designed and manufactured by Raytheon and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace. This new joint agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, announced on October 31will increase NASAMS’ ability to keep pace with a changing threat landscape, leveraging significant investment from all three sides.

A complete NASAMS includes a group of vehicles that provide different air defense elements, including radar platforms, a fire distribution center, and multiple vehicles carrying canister launchers.

Since the system became operational in 1995, a wide variety of vehicles have been used to transport the components, often placing the fire distribution center in AM General 4×4 HMMWV Humvee. Launchers can be transported on a Norsk Scania Vabis P133H truck and then deposited on the launch site using a hydraulic crane. NASAMS II was introduced in 2007, followed by NASAMS-3 in 2019.

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Norwegian Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram said the project aims to improve available air defenses for military and civilian targets, highlighting the critical role air defenses have played in defending Ukraine against Russian airborne threats since the start of the full-scale invasion. .

“We look forward to continuing the successful three-way collaboration between Kongsberg, Raytheon and the Norwegian Ministry of Development to further enhance NASAMS with the mobility and operational flexibility needed to protect people and critical assets in the future,” said Kjetil Reiten Myhra, executive vice president of integrated defense systems at Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace.

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