Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Raytheon fires AMRAAM-Extended Range from NASAMs this the one stop solution for Marine Corps anti-air?

Thanks to Joe for the link!

via Raytheon.
At the world’s northernmost military testing base, in Norway, Raytheon and Kongsberg oversaw the first flight test of the AMRAAM® -Extended Range missile from a NASAMS™ launcher.

With a dramatic increase in both range and altitude, the missile protects a larger area against multiple threats simultaneously.

Here are five things to know about the test and the AMRAAM-ER missile:

1. It destroyed a target drone.
In a test conducted at the Andoya Space Center on Aug. 31, an AMRAAM-ER missile successfully engaged and destroyed a target drone. The test verified that all the parts of the system – the missile, NASAMS system, Sentinel radar and Kongsberg’s Fire Distribution Center – work seamlessly together.

2. It goes long and jumps high.
The new weapon's maximum range is 50 percent longer than the standard version, and its maximum altitude is 70 percent higher, thanks to enhancements including an enlarged rocket motor.

3. Built from the best of the best.
The new variant combines the standard AMRAAM missile – a fixture in the arsenal of 37 militaries – with the rocket motor of the ESSM®, or Evolved Sea Sparrow, guided missile. The integration means that the AMRAAM-ER missile, when used in a surface-to-air configuration, has a dramatically longer reach.

The standard AMRAAM missile can launch from airborne platforms including the F-15, F-16, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado, Harrier, F-4 and the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. It is also the baseline missile for the NASAMS launcher. The ability to launch from air and from the surface offers a benefit that military commanders call "operational flexibility."

4. It has a powerful partner.
The NASAMS system, manufactured by Raytheon and Norwegian partner Kongsberg, is the most widely-used short- and medium-range air defense system in NATO. Raytheon and Kongsberg have delivered more than 70 fire units of the highly adaptable launcher to seven countries.

5. It has a great spotter.
The Sentinel radar is a highly mobile, three-dimensional, phased-array, ground-based air defense radar system that operates in the X-band region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The radar automatically detects, tracks, identifies, classifies and reports airborne threats, including helicopters, high-speed attack aircraft, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.

This is interesting and provides an "out the box" anti-air defense solution for the Marine Corps.


Get ADA out from under the Air Wing.  It makes no sense for ground based air defense to reside with them.  Instead place them under the current Artillery Bn setup.


The NASAMS launcher is capable of firing AMRAAM-ER, ESSM, AIM-9X!  That essentially means that the loadout will give us the option of engaging short to long range targets AND ballistic missiles fired at our ground forces.

This is nothing but a potential win.

So why not just do it?  Budget.  I'm sure that Neller and company would be all over it if money wasn't an issue but that's not the reality we live in.

So what will happen?  Nothing.  Label this as "acceptable risk".  This also covers the slow pace of the ACV and the year long downselect.

It's nice to dream but in the end, reality is a bitch.

Side note:  With the work being done to make the Navy's anti-air missile capable of targeting ships at sea, this system (if we could get it) would add to our long distance land attack capabilities too

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