The Australian Defence Force has conducted the first Australian live fire of an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile from the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System at Woomera Test Range.
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Soldiers from the 16th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, conducted the first live fire of the recently acquired enhanced NASAMS at Woomera Test Range in South Australia on 14 November.
The short-range, ground-based air defence is designed to deliver an enhanced force protection system for the Australian Army in line with recommendations brought forward by the Defence Strategic Review released earlier this year.
The test firing was also attended by delegates, Chief of Army Lieutenant General Simon Stuart, Major General Andrew Bottrell, and Australian and international Defence officials.
Earlier this year, in May, 16th Regiment gunners were given their first look at the NASAMS during a trial and certification activity near Jervis Bay.
The system operates on an enhanced version of the Norwegian design, which includes Australian radar technology, a Hawkei-based launcher and an infrared/optical sensor, as the first element of the ADF’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence program.
The regiment is expected to field two batteries once full operational capability is reached by 2026.