Netherlands to enhance air defence capabilities with AMRAAM-ER missiles

By Defence Industry Europe

The U.S. Department of State has approved a potential sale of AMRAAM-ER missiles to the Netherlands, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced in a press release on 12 June.

 

According to the DSCA, the Dutch Ministry of Defence intends to acquire 174 AMRAAM-ER missiles and four AMRAAM-C8 guidance sections, along with related equipment and services. The potential contract is valued at USD 678 million. The AMRAAM-ER missiles are manufactured by the American defence company RTX.

“The proposed sale will improve the Netherlands’ capability to meet current and future threats by providing advanced air defence missiles as part of an upgraded Medium Range Air Defence (MRAD) system, thereby enhancing its air defence capability. This enhanced capability will protect the Netherlands and local allied forces, and will significantly improve the Netherlands’ contribution to NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence. The Netherlands will have no difficulty absorbing these articles and services into its armed forces,” the DSCA stated.

 

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As Defence Industry Europe reported, in June 2023, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced the merging of projects to upgrade the Netherlands’ medium- and short-range air defence systems. According to the ministry, the medium-range capability will be based on an advanced version of the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), while the short-range capability will be based on a tracked armoured vehicle derived from the German-made Armoured Combat Support Vehicle G5 (ACSV G5).

 

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