Norway Partners With RTX, Kongsberg to Upgrade NASAMS Air Defense System

Norway has signed a collaborative agreement with RTX (formerly Raytheon) and Kongsberg to further enhance the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS).

According to Norwegian Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram, the deal lays the foundation for maturing the “combat-proven” weapon system to ensure it keeps pace with evolving threats.

Although few details have been disclosed, Kongsberg hinted that the upgrade will focus on the mobility and operational flexibility of the NASAMS.

“Today marks a key milestone in cementing NASAMS’ legacy as the world’s leading medium-range air defense system,” RTX president Tom Laliberty said.

“We will continue to invest in the evolution of NASAMS to support the Norwegian Armed Forces and our allies around the globe.”

Crucial in War

Developed jointly by RTX and Kongsberg, the NASAMS is a highly adaptable, medium-range air defense solution designed to protect against cruise missiles, drones, and fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.

It has beyond-visual range capabilities and can engage multiple targets simultaneously.

Additionally, the weapon features an active 3D radar, a passive electro-optical and infrared sensor, and missile canister launchers with AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) munitions.

According to RTX, there are currently 13 countries operating the weapon system.

“We need to strengthen and further expand air defense to better protect civilian and military targets against airborne threats,” Norwegian Defense Minister Gram said. “The war in Ukraine has demonstrated how crucial air defense is in war.”

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