The Spanish NASAMS unit deployed to Latvia to defend NATO’s japanese flank underwent a readiness certification on November 3 and 4, 2022. The 85-strong Spanish Military detachment of the Floor Primarily based Air Defence Job Pressure Latvia (GBAD TF LVA), performed a so-called Readiness Verification train demonstrating they’re firmly tied into NATO’s Built-in Air and Missile Defence structure and able to making use of NATO requirements similar to response instances and communications hyperlinks with different parts within the area. The Readiness Verification consisted in a number of workout routines executed throughout each days. The Job Pressure needed to establish, monitor and have interaction each simulated airborne menace assaults and actual tracks represented by live-flying Fast Response Alert fighter plane from the Hungarian JAS-39 Gripen detachment main NATO’s Baltic Air Policing at Šiauliai, Lithuania.

Spanish personnel sustaining and making ready a NASAMS launcher at Lievlarde Air Base, Latvia. (Photograph by Spanish Military)

“GBAD TF LVA efficiently defended our personal place and Lielvarde Air Base in opposition to these assaults. Due to this robust efficiency throughout the train, the Spanish NASAMS unit, in cooperation with their Latvian colleagues, handed the Readiness Verification which implies it’s now licensed and able to defend Latvian airspace underneath NATO command preparations,” mentioned Main Lahore.


“We deployed right here in mid-June and have since contributed to NATO’s Air Shielding mission of the japanese flank. “We’ve labored with our Latvian hosts right here at Lielvarde and been contributing to NATO workout routines e.g. train Ramstein Alloy 3 organised by Allied Air Command or coaching actions with the improved Ahead Presence Battlegroup in Latvia. We established hyperlinks to different NATO GBAD TFs in Poland or Slovakia showcasing our skill to assist defend Alliance populations and territory in opposition to potential air and missile threats,” mentioned Main Juan Jesús Fodríguez Lahore, GBAD TF LVA Commander.

During the Readiness Verification, Spanish Army soldiers are ensuring Force Protection of the deployed NASAMS unit.
Throughout the Readiness Verification, Spanish Military troopers are making certain Pressure Safety of the deployed NASAMS unit. (Photograph by Spanish Military)

NASAMS – the Norwegian Superior Floor-to-Air Missile System or Nationwide Superior Floor-to-Air Missile System – is a distributed and networked short- to medium-range? GBAD system which defends in opposition to airborne threats similar to unmanned aerial automobiles, helicopters, cruise missiles and manned fastened wing plane. The Spanish NASAMS integrates a US-built MPQ-64 Sentinel Air Protection X Band 3D radar and AMRAAM missiles with a Norwegian battle administration system, the Hearth Distribution Centre (FDC). These FDCs can kind a community with geographically distributed sensors and use knowledge fusion to course of radar tracks and generate an entire air image. The AMRAAM missiles are fired from a towed launcher with six missile canisters and have a horizontal vary of as much as 25 km.