Lithuania armed forces could acquire NASAMS-2 Norwegian-made air defense missile system 11512152

Defence & Security News - Lithuania
 
Lithuania armed forces could acquire NASAMS-2 Norwegian-made air defense missile system.
According to military sources in Lithuania, negotiations on the acquisition of the NASAMS-2 (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System), jointly developed by Norway’s Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace Company and America’s Raytheon, are preliminarily slated for next year.
     
According to military sources in Lithuania, negotiations on the acquisition of the NASAMS-2 (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System), jointly developed by Norway’s Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace Company and America’s Raytheon, are preliminarily slated for next year. NASAMS surace-to-air defense missile system at MSPO 2012, defense exhibition in Poland.
     
The possibility for the Baltic state to buy the advanced air defense system appeared earlier this month after Lithuania’s State Defense Council decided to buy 400 million euros’ worth of 88 Boxer infantry fighting vehicles from Germany.

NASAMS is the world’s first operational Network Centric Medium Range Air Defence System. Its unique features with net centric architecture, multiplesimultaneous engagement and beyond visual range (BVR) capabilities, closely integrated and adapted to a country’s adjacent weapons and command and control systems, expands the defended area and enhances the total fighting capability of the force.

Since its introduction in Norway (April 2009), another four countries in NATO and EU have acquired NASAMS. NASAMS is renowned for its use of the Raytheon AMRAAM missile, but is further- more operational with command and control of a range of guns and short and medium range missiles, such as e.g. L-70 guns, RBS 70 and HAWK. It has also proven integration with directed-energy weapons (DEWs) and longer range systems, such as e.g. Patriot. A total of eight nations have acquired the KONGSBERG command and control solution adapted to their requirements.

The NASAMS system is in service with Chile, Norway, the Netherlands, Spain and the US National Capital Region, and is expected to be operational in Finland by 2015.

The missile system can engage 72 targets simultaneously in active and passive modes. The primary missile of the system is AIM-120 AMRAAM.
 

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