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2021-01-03

Hungary to Acquire NASAMS for €410 M

Recently, Hungary awarded Kongsberg and Raytheon Missiles & Defense a €410 million contract for the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS). This makes Hungary the 6th NATO nation and the 12th country in the world to acquire this adaptable medium-range solution for a variety of operational air defence requirements. 
 
Selecting NASAMS allows Hungary to take advantage of the active production line, ensuring rapid delivery and competitive pricing for Hungary’s armed forces. The programme enables long term industrial cooperation between Hungarian and Norwegian industry.
 
“NASAMS’ modularity and open architecture enables a continuous introduction of new technology ensuring that the system can be adapted to new threats and missions throughout its lifetime. The contract is a continued success of our cooperation with Raytheon Missiles & Defense in the air defence market,” said Eirik Lie, President of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.
 
Tom Laliberty, vice president of Land Warfare & Air Defense at Raytheon Missiles & Defense business, highlighted: “Upgrading Hungary’s layered defence capabilities not only enhance NATO commonality, but maximise the Hungarian military’s ability to quickly identify, engage and destroy current and evolving enemy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicle and emerging cruise missile threats.”
 
NASAMS is reportedly the world’s first operational Network Centric Short to Medium Range Ground Based Air Defence System. It features net centric architecture, multiple simultaneous engagements, beyond visual range (BVR) capabilities, closely integrated and adapted to a country’s integrated air and missile defence (IAMD). The NASAMS network expands the defended area and enhances the total fighting capability of the armed forces.
 
The air defence solution is comprised of Raytheon Missiles & Defense’s AMRAAM and AMRAAM-ER missiles and Sentinel radar, and Kongsberg’s Fire Distribution Center (FDC) and canister launcher. NASAMS offers air defenders the proven effectiveness of the AMRAAM missile, which is in the inventory of 39 countries. Sentinel is a proven air defence radar deployed by more than 18 countries and has been evolved to address the C-UAS threat.
 
The IAMD experts and engineers at Raytheon and Kongsberg developed AMRAAM-ER together, making a missile that extends the engagement volume of NASAMS and proves the flexibility of the architecture, and the ability to introduce new capabilities to counter current and future threats.
 
Flexible Configuration
A standard NASAMS unit has a modular design comprising a command post FDC, an active 3D radar Raytheon AN/MPQ-64F1 Sentinel, a passive electro-optical and infrared sensor and a number of missile canister launchers with AMRAAM missiles. Normally, a number of NASAMS fire units are netted together in a uniquely designed hard-real time communication network to ensure minimum latency over large distances for maximum system performance utilising the unique capabilities of the AMRAAM missile.
 
NASAMS is a highly mobile system designed with a focus on operational flexibility for protection of air bases, seaports, populated areas, other high-value assets and army forces. It has proven interoperability with higher echelon units and longer-range systems, such as Patriot. The modular design permits mission-oriented task force organisation, allowing the operators to maximise the effect of the components and tailor the system to the task.
 
NASAMS has been protecting Washington DC 24/7 since 2005 demonstrating extreme reliability and with very high availability. It is designed for operations in the artic, sub-tropic and desert conditions.
 
Designed to Evolve
KONGSBERG/Raytheon offers a fielded and proven NASAMS system with the capability to protect several areas and high-value assets separated by large distances.
 
Unprecedented firepower, low manning requirements, redundancy and flexibility are typical NASAMS characteristics enabled by the relatively small and agile components comprising the system. Its ability to protect static and mobile assets opens for a range of roles and missions.
Furthermore, the radar and launcher elements can be deployed over a large area separated by more than 20 kilometres from the FDC, providing extended coverage with few elements. Dispersed elements increase their survivability against enemy air and ground attacks.
 
NASAMS can be delivered with a complete communication suite from KONGSBERG Communication Systems. It is designed to evolve with the development of technology and can integrate with or utilise future technology when available. This can be future active or passive radars and sensors, Sense & Warn capability, and a wide range of effectors, like C-RAM, C-UAS and the Raytheon Family of Missiles; Aim 9X Sidewinder Block II, AIM-120 AMRAAM an AMRAAM-ER. The evolution is enabled by the open architecture in the FDC.
 
Reference Text/Photo:www.kongsberg.com
 

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