Norway goes four-for-four with Raytheon's NASAMS
- Tests further validate surface-launched AMRAAM's role in ground-based air defense
The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) successfully fired four Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) from a National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS). All four AMRAAMS intercepted their airborne targets during the annual live fire exercise at the Andoya Rocket Range in Northern Norway.
The success rate of NASAMS' extensive tests and tactical live fire programs has been over 90% against a variety of targets and profiles in challenging scenarios.
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"NASAMS has proven its capability year after year. The success rate of the extensive tests and tactical live fire programs has been over 90 percent against a variety of targets and profiles in challenging scenarios," said Ralph Acaba, vice president for Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "Our customers appreciate the flexibility of NASAMS and its ability to protect high-value assets and maneuvering forces. We plan to have our most recent customer, Oman, operationally deployed soon."
Military observers from several countries, including two existing NASAMS customers, were in Norway for the test.
"This successful test once again demonstrates the versatility of the combat-proven AMRAAM missile," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon vice president of Air Warfare Systems. "Raytheon's broad portfolio of missiles can provide precision fire power to ground based air defense systems such as NASAMS around the globe."
Fielded in Norway for more than a decade, NASAMS is operationally deployed in the U.S. National Capital Region, Spain, Finland, the Netherlands and one undisclosed country. It was also recently selected by Oman to strengthen its ground-based air defense capability.
Raytheon's NASAMS, in partnership with KONGSBERG, is a medium-range surface-to-air missile system. This operationally proven system provides the air defender with a tailorable, state-of-the-art system that can defeat current and evolving cruise missile threats and a wide range of air breathing threats. NASAMS works seamlessly with the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System and the Hawk Air Defense System.
AMRAAM is a combat-proven missile that has demonstrated operational flexibility in both air-to-air and surface-launch engagement scenarios and provides today's warfighter with enhanced operational capability, cost effectiveness and future growth options/solutions.
Procured by 36 countries, the combat-proven AMRAAM has been operational and integrated on the F-16, F-15, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado, Harrier, F-4 and the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. It is also the baseline missile for the NATO-approved Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System.
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Source : Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)