NASAMS air defence system (1) infographic
Graphic shows details of the NASAMS Air Defence System.
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U.S. delivers NASAMS advanced air defence system to Ukraine

By Jordi Bou

September 26, 2022 - President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has confirmed that Ukraine has received sophisticated air defence systems from the United States. The National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) will help defend big cities like Kyiv and Odesa from Russian missile strikes.

Designed and manufactured by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace in cooperation with U.S. firm Raytheon, NASAMS is used by the U.S. to protect the sensitive air space around the White House and Capitol in Washington DC.

A standard NASAMS unit has a modular design including a Fire Distribution Centre command post, an active 3D radar MPQ64F1 Sentinel, a passive electro-optic and infra-red sensor and a number of missile canister launchers with AMRAAM missiles. Normally, four NASAMS units are netted in a battalion network.

In a battalion configuration comprising of up to 12 launchers and up to 72 missiles loaded, all missiles can be fired against individual targets in less than 15 seconds.

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PUBLISHED: 26/09/2022; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Kongsberg
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