IDEX 2017

Greek fire [IDEX17D1]

18 February 2017

The NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI, Stand 10-D41) is a multinational training installation on the island of Crete, which has provided high-quality services for training, testing, experimentation and live firings for land, sea and air units, with year-round favourable weather conditions, for more than 50 years.

Virtually all air, land and sea weapon systems have been tested at the facility.

A vast expanse of sea, 200x100km and unlimited altitude airspace provide the opportunity to test and fire modern long-range air defence and advanced tactical ballistic missile (ATBM) weapon systems under realistic scenarios, which include information/crisis handling, decision-making processes, site reconnaissance, deployment phase, live firing and redeployment phase, while being constantly evaluated and graded under strict NATO criteria, enforced by NAMFI’s tactical firing evaluation (TFE) section.

A network of surveillance and tracking radars along with extensive civil and military authorities’ integration ensure that all activities in NAMFI will be performed under the highest safety standards. Modern accommodation and support facilities are available for the firing units.

NAMFI is the only firing range in Europe with the ability to host ATBM firings. These are usually conducted by the Patriot weapon against a missile drone representing the ballistic target. The ballistic missile is launched from an islet located 157km away from NAMFI. The target follows a very high trajectory with high velocity and heads for NAMFI, where the unit under training/exercise will detect, engage and destroy it in the shortest time possible.



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