A recent live-fire exercise at Andøya in Norway validated again the capability of the Raytheon/Kongsberg NASAMS (National Advanced Surfaceto- Air Missile System). Four missiles were fired from Royal Norwegian Air Force launchers, and all successfully engaged their assigned targets. Raytheon reported that in all test and training firings NASAMS has achieved a success rate of more then 90 per cent.
NASAMS comprises a fire distribution centre for command and control, MPQ-64F1 Sentinel radar, an electro-optical sensor and launchers for up to six AMRAAM active-radar missiles. The system integrates seamlessly with other air defence equipment, such as Patriot and Hawk.
Norway has fielded NASAMS for more than a decade, and the system is in service with Finland, the Netherlands and Spain. The USA deployed NASAMS during the January 2005 presidential inauguration, and retains the system for the defence of the Washington, DC, region. In January, a sale to Oman was announced, and it is understood that Chile also fields the system.