The Indian capital New Delhi could get NASAMS II (a multi-layered missile defence system) just like Washington and Moscow after Trump administration apprised its Congress of the forthcoming sale to India worth USD 1.86B
The development comes ahead of US President Donald Trump’s two-day visit to India from February 24-25, reports.
The NASAMS (National/Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) is a distributed and networked medium to long-range air-defence missile system. The Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace teamed up with Raytheon and launched the NASAMS program as a cooperative effort for the Royal Norwegian Air Force.
The NASAMS can be deployed to identify, engage and destroy aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles and for protecting high-value assets and mass population centers against air-to-surface threats.
The NASAMS is able to fire the AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile), ESSM, and the AIM-9X Sidewinder. The AIM-120 missile can intercept aerial threats at a maximum range of 40 km and an altitude of 14 km.
The major difference between the two versions is the use of Link 16 on NASAMS 2 as well as a better ground radar. Full operational capability (FOC) was expected for 2007.
A complete NASAMS (2) battery consists of 12 missile launchers (LCHR) (each one carrying six AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles), eight radars (AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel F1 Improved Sentinel X band 3D radar), one fire control centre (CTOC), one electro-optical camera vehicle (MSP500) and one Tactical Control Cell (TCC) vehicle.