Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS is awarded a contract by Raytheon Australia worth 1.6 billion NOK for delivery of NASAMS components.
Raytheon Australia is the prime contractor to deliver NASAMS to the Australian Government Land 19 Phase 7B program.
The Australian Government, Raytheon Australia and KONGSBERG announced the approval of the program on March 25, 2019 in a ceremony at Raytheon Australia`s new Centre for Joint Integration to be built in Adelaide, Australia.
Australia’s version of NASAMS will use an advanced radar, designed and manufactured by Canberra-based CEA Technologies, integrated into an Australian designed and built vehicle, the Thales Hawkei. The system will replace the Australian Army’s current ageing RBS-70 man-portable air defence system (MANPADS). The total cost (buy and sustain) of the project is around $2.5 billion.
“We are pleased that Australia has chosen NASAMS. The continuous technical evolution of the system and addition of users confirms that NASAMS is the most modern and advanced air defense system in the world. NASAMS, produced by KONGSBERG and Raytheon, is the backbone air defence system for many nations in decades to come”, says Eirik Lie, President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.
The U.S. State Department has recently approved the sale of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and related equipment to Australia through Foreign Military Sale (FMS) route, for an estimated cost of $240.5 million. The possible sale was in support of Australia’s NASAMS system as it uses AMRAAM missiles.