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Eurosatory 2024: Kongsberg launches NOMADS air-defence system

A Norwegian Army NOMADS air-defence system displayed at Eurosatory 2024. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace announced the launch of the National Manoeuvre Air Defence System (NOMADS) mobile ground-based short-range air-defence (SHORAD) system on the second day of the Eurosatory 2024 defence exhibition held in Paris from 17 to 21 June.

Mounted on a tracked FFG Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV), the system consists of four ready-to-fire missiles, a Weibel active electronically scanned array (AESA) 3D radar, a remote weapons station with a 50-cal heavy machine gun and a laser rangefinder, and day/night and thermal cameras, with the option for a jammer. At Eurosatory 2024, it is displayed in Norwegian Army configuration with IRIS-T missiles, for which there is a surplus in Norway, but in the future, it will be armed with AIM-9X Sidewinders. IRIS-T has a range of 15 km and AIM-9X 10 km. It is also fitted with a Blackrock jammer, although Norway has not so far requested this option.

Command, control, and communications is based on the Norwegian National Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), with very-high-frequency (VHF) and ultra-high frequency (UHF) communication; a NATO Mode 5, Level 2 identification friend-or-foe system; and fully networked and distributed air and missile defence operations. The AESA has a coverage radius of over 50 km, according to Kongsberg.

NOMADS is designed for SHORAD against cruise missiles, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles. At Eurosatory 2024, it was demonstrated elevating the radar and being readied for firing within 60 seconds.

The Norwegian Army has received three NOMADSs and conducted live firing with one in May. Another three systems are scheduled to be delivered during the third quarter of 2024, and a Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) official told Janes

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