Defence Australia, with support from 16 Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery and Raytheon Australia, successfully conducted fitment checks for the first National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) Fire Distribution Centre (FDC) shelter on a HX40M truck. The FDC is the command, control, communications and computing (C4) system at the heart of the NASAMS capability. Conducted at Raytheon Australia’s Centre for Joint Integration in Adelaide, this activity represents a further step in the delivery of NASAMS to the Australian Army through the LAND19 Ph7B project.

In 2019, Raytheon Australia and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG) announced NASAMS was selected for the Australian government’s Short Range Ground Based Air Defence program known as LAND19 Phase 7B. KONGSBERG is a subcontractor to Raytheon Australia. NASAMS was in 2017 chosen for a Single Supplier Limited Tender process and has gone through a Risk Mitigation Activity, and subsequently passed government approval. NASAMS is a fully networked and distributed system allowing the Australian Army to counter complex air threats beyond visual range and, considerably increase protection of Australian soldiers.

“This announcement lays the foundation for further expansion in Australia and the region. KONGSBERG sees more significant opportunities in Australia and have been a partner to the Australian Defence Force for 30 years starting with the Penguin anti-ship missile program. We opened an office in Canberra last year and is increasing our staff in the country”, said Eirik Lie, President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.

“NASAMS is the most sold air defence system in its class in the last 10 years. Its continuous evolution enables new capabilities to be implemented in the system”, says Kjetil Reiten Myhra, Executive Vice President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.


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  1. Hopefully the NASAMS wil utilise a missile that can zap a fleet of PRC ‘Badgers’ before they send us a bunch of Air to Surface missiles with a range of maybe 1000+kms. Effective range of 400++kms is the absolute minimum today methinks.


    Our peace loving Chinese brothers seem to have grasped the idea of speed and range in the age of the missile and the drone, are upon us.

  2. You guys are joking, right? These are land fired AMRAAMs. They are short range missiles in modern airspace terms. 40nm Max engagement range I’d expect. Even that would be impressive for something which is supposed to be already doing a few hundred kt at a couple of hundred feet before it’s launched.

    • I don’t quite understand your point. Yes they are ground launched AMRAAMs and yes they burn up a fair bit of fuel to reach speed and altitude, but since 10 countries use the system for short range air defence they have all concluded that the trade off is worth it. There’s also an AMRAAM-ER available.


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