NASAMS Surface-to-air Missile System
NASAMS Surface-to-air Missile System

Indonesian Air Force Deploys First NASAMS 2 Air Defense System

Asia Pacific Defense Jurnal/2020/11/indonesia-receives-deploys-first-nasams_16.html reports that Indonesian Air Force appears to have received its first Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System 2 (NASAMS 2) air defense missile system. Photos have surfaced from Indonesian defense pages showing a NASAMS 2 missile launchers possessed by elements of the Indonesian Air Force, being prepared and armed and was said to be for deployment to the country’s capital, Jakarta. The first battery is expected to defend high-value government facilities, including the Istana Negara state palace, and the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

The Ministry of Defence of Indonesia has contracted Kongsberg to supply the Norwegian advanced surface-to-air missile system (NASAMS). The $77m contract includes delivery of a complete NASAMS system with command posts, radars, launchers, radios and integration and training and logistics support. In addition to Indonesia, NASAMS has been selected by several other nations, including Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, the US, Spain, and Oman. The NASAMS has also been selected by neighboring Australia, which earlier issued a single-supplier limited request for render to Raytheon Australia to meet its Project Land 19 Phase 7B program to replace Australia’s Saab RBS 70 surface-to-air missiles.

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Kongsberg/Raytheon NASAMS air defense system
Kongsberg/Raytheon NASAMS air defense system

Indonesia’s procurement of the NASAMS will be done in stages, with more systems to be ordered in the future as it seeks to protect its capital Jakarta and other strategic cities and locations. The Indonesian armed forces currently operates short-range surface-to-air missiles and gun-based air-defense systems. The Southeast Asian country, which is made up of more than 18,000 islands, has been undertaking a modernization of its armed forces, and air defense is one of its key concerns. Indonesia will also need to purchase the AIM-120 missiles separately from the United States to equip the system under the Foreign Military Sales program.

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Indonesia for AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs), equipment, training, and logistics support. The estimated cost is $95 million. The Government of Indonesia has requested a possible sale of thirty-six (36) AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs and one (1) Missile Guidance Section. Also included in this possible sale are; control section support equipment, spare parts, services, logistics, technical contractor engineering and technical support, loading adaptors, technical publications, familiarization training, test equipment, and other related elements.

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