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National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS)

National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS)

Australia selected the Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace-designed National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) in 2017 to be built in Australia by Raytheon Australia in partnership with Kongsberg Defence Australia.

The AU$2.5 billion contract will bring a transformational change to the Army’s existing force protection capability, including a progression from man-portable Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) capability to a fully networked and distributed system.

NASAMS, when partnered with advanced radar systems designed and manufactured by Canberra- based company CEA Technologies, will allow the Army to counter complex air threats beyond visual range and significantly increase protection coverage for Australian soldiers. 

Australia’s NASAMS capability will also include CEA tactical (CEATAC) and towed CEA operational (CEAOPS) AESA radars, high-mobility launchers and radar carried on Hawkei protected mobility vehicles, along with Raytheon’s AN/AAS-52 Multispectral Targeting System.

The capability will be sustained primarily through Australian-based support arrangements, with support contracts now in place with CEA Technologies and Raytheon Australia.