The U.S. State Department has approved a possible 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 is in support of Australia’s purchase of the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS). NASAMS is a a distributed and networked medium to long range air-defence system developed by Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and USA’s Raytheon. It is the first surface-based application for the AMRAAM missiles and are dubbed SLAMRAAM (Surfaced Launched AMRAAM).
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 12, 2019.
The Government of Australia has requested to buy up to 108 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM); six AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM Air Vehicles Instrumented; and six spare AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance sections. Also included are containers, weapon system support equipment, support and test equipment, site survey, transportation, repair and return warranties, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, maintenance, personnel training, and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representative engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support.
This proposed sale is in support of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Project LAND 19 Phase 7B for acquisition of a ground based air and missile defense capability. The prime contractor of the sale will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona.
NASAMS (Norwegian/National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) is a distributed and networked medium to long range air-defence system developed by Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace of Norway and Raytheon of USA.
NASAMS was the first surface-based application for the AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile). The missile itself is named SLAMRAAM (Surfaced Launched AMRAAM) and has a horizontal range of up to 25 km.
The system integrates integrates U.S.-built AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel 3D air defense radar and AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) missiles with a Kongsberg developed Battle management C4I system called FDC, short for Fire Distribution Center. The FDC connected to a MPQ-64 radar forms an “Acquisition Radar and Control System” (ARCS).
NASAMS is operated by seven countries and has been integrated into the U.S.’ National Capital Region’s air defense system since 2005. In addition to the U.S., it is in service in Norway, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands and one undisclosed country (likely Chile). The systems is also ordered by Oman, Indonesia and Lithuania and is received procurement approval in Australia and India.