Norwegian Defence Materiel Company (NDMA) has signed a contract with German protection firm Rheinmetall for the improve of electro-optical sensors of the NASAMS air protection system. The worth of the contract is round NOK 190 million. The sensors to be upgraded are positioned on an all-terrain car and search for hostile threats within the air and on the bottom, each in mild and at nighttime, utilizing a TV digicam and warmth signature (infrared). The sensors additionally measure the space to the goal with a laser. The electro-optics sensors are carried by the wheeled car. The upgraded gear shall be based mostly on the identical platforms. The contract with Rheinmetall consists of an improve of the present analogue sensor system to the brand new digital sensor system within the NASAMS.

“This improve contributes to an additional modernization of Norway’s air defence. Each the technical properties and the capabilities of the sensors are being improved,” says Gro Jære, Director of Protection Materials.


“The work to extend our nationwide skill to guard towards long-range precision weapons is ongoing and the modernization of the present NASAMS is one in all a number of measures to strengthen Norway’s air defence. The battle in Ukraine has highlighted the necessity and significance of air protection. We’ve got additionally lately signed a contract for the acquisition of hand-held air defenses for the Military, to strengthen our skill to guard ourselves,” says Protection Minister Bjørn Arild Gram (Sp).

Norwegian NASAMS electro-optical sensor. (Picture by NDMA)

NASAMS (Norwegian Superior Floor-to-Air Missile System, often known as the Nationwide Superior Floor-to-Air Missile System) is a distributed and networked short- to medium-range:?4? ground-based air protection system developed by Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) and Raytheon. NASAMS was the primary utility of a surface-launched AIM-120 AMRAAM (Superior Medium Vary Air-to-Air Missile). NASAMS 2 is an upgraded model of the system able to utilizing Hyperlink 16, which has been operational since 2007. As of 2022, NASAMS 3 is the most recent improve; deployed in 2019, it provides functionality to fireplace AIM-9 Sidewinder and IRIS-T SLS short-range missiles (25 km (16 mi)) and AMRAAM-ER extended-range missiles (50 km (31 mi)), and introduces cellular air-liftable launchers.

Improvement of NASAMS started within the Nineteen Eighties when Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) teamed up with Hughes Missile Programs and Hughes Plane Floor Programs Group and initiated this system as a cooperative effort for the Royal Norwegian Air Drive (RNoAF). By the late Nineties, RNoAF fashioned an built-in ground-based air protection system referred to as the Norwegian Answer (NORSOL), by connecting NASAMS battle administration ARCS stations with two different air protection techniques by way of area wires and radio. The RNoAF along with KDA performed a mid-life replace of NASAMS within the early 2000s, referred to as NASAMS 2, and the upgraded model was first handed over to RNoAF in mid-2006. In April 2019, RNoAF fielded the upgraded NASAMS 3 system; in Could 2019, the primary dwell firing exams have been performed.