What is NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System)?

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The United States recently announced the approval of a $285 million sale of a NASAMS air defense system and related equipment to Ukraine.

About NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System):

  • It is a medium-range ground-based air defense system.
  • It is designed to engage air targets at low and medium altitudes in all weather conditions.
  • It was designed and developed jointly by Raytheon (United States) and Kongsberg Defence&Aerospace (Norway).
  • It is used by Norway, the United States, Canada, Chile, Finland, Indonesia, Netherlands, Oman, Qatar, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine.
  • It is best suited to defend important stationary assets, such as key military assets, infrastructure, or cities.
  • It has been integrated into the S. National Capital Region’s air defense system since 2005. 
  • Features:
    • It is the world's first networked short- and medium-range air defense system that could integrate with other equipment and air defense systems.
    • It features an X-Band, 360-degree phased array air defense radar with a 75-kilometer (approximately 47-mile) range to identify targets.
    • The NASAMS is armed with three launchers, each carrying up to six missiles.
    • The system can engage 72 targets simultaneously in active and passive modes.
    • It uses AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, which have been modified for ground launch and have an engagement range of about 30 kilometers.


Q1) What are AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles?

The AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) is a new generation air-to-air missile. It has an all-weather, beyond-visual-range capability and is scheduled to be operational beyond 2000. The AMRAAM is being procured for the Air Force, U.S. Navy and America's allies.

Source: US Approves $285 Million Sale Of Air Defence System To Ukraine