Challenge LAND 19 Section 7B is being delivered by prime contractor, Raytheon Australia, with the assist of KONGSBERG and Kongsberg Defence Australia, and can ship a brand new Brief-Vary Floor-Based mostly Air Defence functionality for the Australian Military. Happening in Kongsberg Norway, KONGSBERG carried out the First of Sort FAT on the primary Mk 2 Canister Launcher, earlier than finishing FAT on the second Launcher. Representatives from Raytheon Australia had been current to witness this event. KONGSBERG’s Vice President Air Defence Packages, Leif Roar Olsen, welcomes the achievement of this vital venture milestone, highlighting the shut partnership shared between the KONGSBERG groups and the significance of know-how switch in delivering this transformational functionality for the Australian Military.

“Profitable Manufacturing facility Acceptance Testing of the primary Mark 2 Canister Launchers is a major milestone for KONGSBERG. We’ve got additionally been working carefully with our Australian colleagues to make sure that we have now an area workforce with the technical expertise and experience required to undertake last meeting, integration, and check of Military’s NASAMS Canister Launchers, in addition to supporting them while in service. Challenge Engineers from Kongsberg Defence Australia just lately travelled to Norway to be taught in regards to the Canister Launchers from KONGSBERG specialists in preparation for cargo to Australia in early 2022,” stated Leif Roar Olsen.


Norwegian Technical Help Employees loading AMRAAM missiles into the Australian Military’s NASAMS Mk 2 Canister Launcher as a part of Manufacturing facility Acceptance Testing in Kongsberg, Norway. (Photograph by KONGSBERG)

“Military’s NASAMS Mark 2 Canister Launchers will enable them to make use of a mix of various AMRAAM missile variants, in addition to the AIM-9X Block 2 missile. This mixture of missiles is extremely efficient in opposition to superior plane, identical to they’re on the F-35A and Tremendous Hornet, in addition to being extremely efficient in opposition to air-delivered threats corresponding to cruise missiles”, “Importantly, the Mk 2 Canister Launcher that shall be offered to the Australian Military underneath NASAMS is probably the most trendy launcher configuration. Efficiently finishing the primary live-fire assessments final yr, this newest launcher additionally supplies choices for extra missile sorts,” stated John Fry, Common Supervisor of Kongsberg Defence Australia.

NASAMS is a state-of-the-art Floor Based mostly Air Defence weapon system produced by KONGSBERG and Raytheon Applied sciences that’s in service with, or underneath supply to, 12 nations. The system will allow the Australian Military to shortly detect, have interaction, and destroy plane, unmanned aerial automobiles, and cruise missile threats. The Mk 2 Canister Launcher represents the most recent launcher construct customary, and features a new frequent floor launch rail to allow the employment of a number of missile sorts. Previous to the 2022 supply to Raytheon Australia’s Centre for Joint Integration in Mawson Lakes, the Canister Launchers shall be painted by an area South Australian provider, earlier than getting used as a part of the Fireplace Distribution Centre First of Sort Manufacturing facility Acceptance Check in Q1 and Q2 of this yr. Formal supply of the primary two launchers to Raytheon Australia is scheduled for July 2022.