As reported in April, Defence commissioned Raytheon to develop a short-range ground-based air-defence system to improve protection for deployed personnel – but these images of a similar system were only released via the Defence Image Library today.
CAPTION: A NASAMS high-mobility launcher on a HMMWV, firing an AMRAAM missile. An Australian NASAMS is likely to be carried by Hawkei. Raytheon photo.
The Integrated Air and Missile Defence Program – the inner-most layer of Australia’s enhanced integrated air and missile capability – will cost up to $2 billion.
The capability will be operated by the Army’s 16th Air Land Regiment.
Australia’s current short-range capability is 30 years old and is due to be retired in the early 2020s.
Raytheon Australia was given a single-supplier limited request for tender to adapt its in-service National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) for the Australian Defence Force.
Thales Australia’s ‘Hawkei’ protected mobility vehicle is expected to be the carrier platform, with Canberra-based CEA Technologies expected to adapt their phased array radar system (as incorporated on ANZAC-class frigates) at the heart of this system.