In response to the necessity to strengthen the protection capabilities of the Baltic area after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a Spanish-supplied ground-to-air NASAMS (Norwegian Superior Floor-to-Air Missile System) anti-aircraft missile battery has deployed on the Latvian Nationwide Air Pressure in Lielvarde. Together with the anti-aircraft missile battery, 85 troopers of the Spanish Armed Forces have additionally arrived in Latvia, becoming a member of about 500 Spanish troopers already within the Baltics.

“Along with NATO allies in Latvia, we’re beginning to type a world pressure brigade. Even earlier than the Madrid Summit, it’s clear that our allies are prepared to answer right now’s safety challenges within the Baltic area. The deployment of recent air protection programs in Latvia, due to the dedication of the Spanish authorities, is a transparent affirmation that our protection and safety are within the pursuits of your complete NATO alliance, ”Minister of Protection Artis Pabriks mentioned.


Spanish Military Deploys NASAMS Floor-to-air Missile Protection System in Latvia. (Picture by Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia)

NASAMS is a distributed and networked medium to long-range surface-to-air missile protection system developed by Kongsberg (KDA) and Raytheon. NASAMS was the primary software 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. NASAMS 3 is the most recent improve deployed in 2019; it provides the potential to fireside AIM-9, IRIS-T SLS short-range missiles, and AMRAAM-ER extended-range missiles.

A complete of 4 NASAMS programs have been acquired by the Spanish Military in 2003. The Spanish Military efficiently carried out a live-fire train off the NASAMS with 4 AMRAAMs in November 2008. A tactical live-fire train of NASAMS was carried out by the RNoAF in June 2011. The AMRAAM-ER missile was efficiently test-fired from the NASAMS system for the primary time in 2016. On Might 29, the Spanish Protection Ministry plans to deploy a battery of surface-to-air NASAMS in Latvia. Spain already has 350 troops within the alliance’s enhanced ahead presence battlegroup in Latvia, consistent with the NATO response plans “to protect peace and safety after the invasion.”

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Spanish Military Deploys NASAMS Floor-to-air Missile Protection System in Latvia. (Picture by Spanish Ministry of Defence)