Monday, January 25, 2021

With NASAMS II – New Delhi To Get Multi Layered Air Defence System Like Washington, Moscow

The Indian capital New Delhi could get NASAMS II (a multi-layered missile defence system) just like Washington and Moscow after Trump administration apprised its Congress of the forthcoming sale to India worth USD 1.86B

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The development comes ahead of US President Donald Trump’s two-day visit to India from February 24-25, reports.

The NASAMS (National/Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) is a distributed and networked medium to long-range air-defence missile system. The Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace teamed up with Raytheon and launched the NASAMS program as a cooperative effort for the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

The NASAMS can be deployed to identify, engage and destroy aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles and for protecting high-value assets and mass population centers against air-to-surface threats.

The NASAMS is able to fire the AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile), ESSM, and the AIM-9X Sidewinder. The AIM-120 missile can intercept aerial threats at a maximum range of 40 km and an altitude of 14 km.

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The major difference between the two versions is the use of Link 16 on NASAMS 2 as well as a better ground radar. Full operational capability (FOC) was expected for 2007.

A complete NASAMS (2) battery consists of 12 missile launchers (LCHR) (each one carrying six AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles), eight radars (AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel F1 Improved Sentinel X band 3D radar), one fire control centre (CTOC), one electro-optical camera vehicle (MSP500) and one Tactical Control Cell (TCC) vehicle.

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