Kongsberg awarded Australian air-defence-components contract worth $270million

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has been awarded a contract by Raytheon Australia worth 1.6 billion NOK (Aus$270milion) for delivery of Australia’s National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System – NASAMS – components.

Raytheon Australia is the prime contractor to deliver NASAMS to the Australian Defence Force’s Project Land 19 Phase 7B.

The Australian government, Raytheon Australia and Kongsberg announced the approval of the program on 25 March 2019 in a ceremony at Raytheon Australia’s new Centre for Joint Integration to be built in Adelaide, Australia.

President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace Eirik Lie said the company was pleased that Australia had chosen NASAMS.

“The continuous technical evolution of the system and addition of users confirms that NASAMS is the most modern and advanced air-defence system in the world,” Mr Lie said.

“NASAMS, produced by Kongsberg and Raytheon, is the backbone air-defence system for many nations in decades to come.”

Australia’s NASAMS will be fielded by Army’s 16th Air Land Regiment, replacing its current and ageing man-portable RBS-70 air-defence system.

The Australian system, worth around $2.5billion, will be mounted on Bendigo-built Hawkei utes and feature radars built by Canberra-based CEA Technologies.

 

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