Air defence: first fire test of the Australian NASAMS

By Defence Industry Europe

Raytheon Australia has announced the first fire tests of the SRGBAD short-range air defence system, based on the NASAMS system architecture, for the Australian Army.

On Tuesday, June 20, Raytheon Australia announced the first fire tests of the SRGBAD (Short Range Ground Based Air Defence System), based on NASAMS (National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) architecture and intended for Australian land forces (Australian Army) under the Land 19 Phase 7B program.

As part of the tests, the performance of the SRGBAD kit for detecting, tracking, countering, and guiding missiles to their targets was evaluated. This system is designed to revolutionize Australia’s short-range air defence capabilities.

The LAND 19 fire test was a landmark event for the Australian Army, setting the stage for a new era of integrated air and missile defence operations.

The successful completion of the trial confirms the effectiveness and capabilities of the SRGBAD system, proving that it can fulfill its primary mission: detecting, tracking, striking, and guiding missiles to their targets. This achievement stands as a testament to the power of collaboration, innovation, and meticulous planning, representing a significant step forward in Australia’s military capabilities.

It should be noted that on March 25, 2019, Raytheon Australia, together with Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA), was selected as the supplier of the SRGBAD system for the Australian Army under the Land 19 Phase 7B program, valued at AUD 2.5 billion (then PLN 6.74 billion). The components of the NASAMS system were mounted on various vehicles, including the light armored vehicles Thales Hawkei PMV-L, heavier Bushmaster PMV, and RMMVA HX2 trucks.

The system was armed with AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM missiles. Additionally, the complex included Kongsberg FDC/BCV (Fire Distribution Center/Battery Command Vehicle) stations, Raytheon MSP500 optoelectronic heads, and new CEA Technologies CEATAC radar stations. These radar stations were first presented in September 2018 and employ AESA technology.

The SRGBAD batteries will become part of the equipment of the 16th Air Land Regiment of the Australian Army. Currently, there are approximately 30 short-range Saab RBS 70 systems with Bolide Mk 3 missiles and 18 Rapier BM1 anti-aircraft systems, 8 of which utilize Blindfire radars. The initial operational readiness of the system is expected to be announced in 2022-2023, with full readiness anticipated in 2025-2026.



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