Raytheon AIM-9X Block II missile hits target in first flight from NASAMS launcher

Short-range missile adds new layer for ground-based defense

Paris June 19, 2019 Photo(s): By KONGSBERG
An AIM-9X® Block II missile was fired from a NASAMS launcher in a demonstration test last month in Norway.

Raytheon Company launched an AIM-9X® Sidewinder Block II missile for the first time from a National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, and engaged and destroyed a target during a May 2019 flight test supported by the Royal Norwegian Air Force at the Andoya Test Center in Norway.

The AIM-9X Sidewinder is a:

  • Triple-threat missile that can be used for air-to-air engagements, surface-attack and surface-launch missions without modifications.
  • US Navy-led, joint program with the US Air Force and 24 Foreign Military Sales partners.

A NASAMS fire unit comprises a KONGSBERG Fire Distribution Center, missile launchers, and Raytheon Sentinel radar and interceptors. Raytheon's AMRAAM® missile is the baseline short- to medium-range interceptor for NASAMS.

"This flight test opened the door for NASAMS customers to add a vital, short-range layer to their ground-based air defense," said Kim Ernzen, vice president of Raytheon Air Warfare Systems. "Pairing Sidewinder with AMRAAM means forces can have complementary interceptors with a mix of sensors to better engage and destroy threats that may attempt to overwhelm a defense system."

Jointly produced by Raytheon and KONGSBERG, NASAMS has been integrated into the US National Capital Region's air defense system since 2005. Seven countries have fielded NASAMS and two others are on contract for delivery.

"The NASAMS path of evolution continues by demonstrating yet another capability from the Raytheon family of missiles in the system, giving customers a true missile mix with AMRAAM, AMRAAM-ER and AIM-9X," said Kjetil Myhra, executive vice president of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.