Ukrainian NASAMS enter production, expected in 2025 – US DoD

WASHINGTON — The US begins production of Ukraine’s National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems [NASAMS]. They will be part of the future air defense of the country. They are expected to be delivered in 2025 by Raytheon Co. The value of the order is 1.216 billion USD.

Spain has deployed the short- to medium-range NASAMS in Latvia
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The information was officially released on the website of the U.S. Department of Defense. The stated amount also includes maintenance and delivery of spare parts. Tewksbury, Massachusetts is the Raytheon manufacturing facility that will perform the manufacturing activities.

For the first time, the information about new NASAMS for Ukraine was announced on October 10th of this year, after it became clear that such a deal was discussed between the President of the United States, Mr. Joe Biden, and the Ukrainian President, Mr. Volodymyr Zelensky. At the time, the final date was unknown, but with its publication on November 30th, the U.S. DoD has confirmed that November 28, 2025, is the deadline.

NASAMS in Ukraine

NASAMS is already operating in Ukraine. BulgarianMilitary.com was one of the first media in the world to announce that the system is located near Kyiv, providing an “air defense umbrella” over the Ukrainian capital.

Later, on November 17, it became clear that a second NASAMS air defense system was deployed in Ukraine. The information was officially announced by the Secretary of Defense of the United States, Mr. Lloyd Austin. According to him then, the two anti-aircraft missile systems are operationally ready. Mr. Austin even announced that their efficiency in Ukraine is 100%.

His claim, however, remains quite controversial amid Russian missile attacks that continue to strike Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, including in the capital city of Kyiv.

NASAMS in brief

NASAMS is Norway’s national air defense system. Its range is medium and is designed to counter drones, helicopters, and all types of fighter jets. NASAMS successfully resisted, intercepted, and destroyed cruise missiles.

Currently, nine countries are operating this anti-aircraft missile system and five more are in line waiting for a response to its acquisition. NASAMS has an average range: of between 25 and 30 km, depending on the missile used. The maximum altitude at which the rocket flies is 21 km.

US allowed Kuwait to acquire NASAMS in a multi-billion dollar deal
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NASAMS can be integrated into vehicles and thus from a ground-based to become a mobile system for difficult terrain. The system can often be seen on a 6×6 chassis, but its practicality is that after a quick modification it can be easily integrated into vehicles with a 4×4 chassis.

NASAMS I of the system works with US-built MPQ-64 Sentinel air defense X band 3D radar, but NASAMS II in addition to having Link 16 has a significant update of the radar system, as experts say that it is better than version 1 It should be noted that NASAMS has secondary armaments that serve the crew of the system to provide protection in close combat. Secondary integrated weapons are the RBS 70 laser beam assisted MANPADS system, and the Bofors 40mm L70 gun [controlled by the Oerlikon Contraves FCS2000 mono-pulse doppler tracking radar].

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