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Spain upgrades and acquires more NASAMS systems

A Spanish NASAMS anti-air defence unit (UDAA) has been deployed in Estonia since April 2023. (GBAD Task Force Estonia)

The Spanish government has announced the EUR410 million (USD438 million) modernisation and acquisition of additional National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMSs), Kongsberg announced in a press release on 19 April.

The Dirección General de Armamento y Material (DGAM), the Spanish Armaments Directorate, approved a contract for the modernisation of Spain's NASAMS on 19 April. Kongsberg expected the contract to be signed in May 2024.

The NASAMS modernisation includes upgrading the system's Sentinel radar, Spain's Council of Ministers announced on 9 April. The EUR45.9 million contract includes additional equipment, technical support, and auxiliary tools and equipment necessary for integration into the system, as well as related training and maintenance.

The 655 AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) that the US Congress announced would be provided to Spain in early December 2023 include NASAMS missiles.

Spain was the first export customer for NASAMS, which it has operated for over 20 years.

A Spanish NASAMS anti-air defence unit (UDAA) has been deployed in Estonia since April 2023 under the command of NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), currently US Army General Christopher Cavoli. Spain has also had a 100-strong NASAMS UDAA deployed in Latvia since 2022.

For more information on NASAMS, please see NASAMS.

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