Indonesia receives, deploys first NASAMS 2 air defense system
|A deployed NASAMS launching unit, for reference only. Photo c/o Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace.|
Indonesia appears to have received its first Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System 2 (NASAMS 2) air defense missile system, which it ordered from Norway's Kongsberg Group in 2017.
Photos have surfaced from Indonesian defense pages showing a NASAMS 2 missile launchers possessed by elements of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI), 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 Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MOD) ordered two batteries of NASAMS from Kongsberg Group in a deal worth US$77 million.
The system uses the Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM medium range air defense missiles, similar to those already in use by the F-16C/D Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU). It also is compact enough to be carried by a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, and can be installed on a mobile platform.
These are currently the most capable ground based air defense system of the TNI, and is capable of medium-range engagements of up to 60 kilometers.
The TNI plans to order additional units although this is still subject to the MOD's Minimum Essential Force modernization program plans.
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A deployed NASAMS launching unit, for reference only. Photo c/o Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace. Indonesia appears to have received its firs...