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Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace has won a contract, valued at 583 MNOK (€57.9 million) to deliver mobile ground-based air defence systems to the Norwegian Army.

The Army Mobile Ground Based Air Defence System (MGBADS) was first presented by the Defence Minster in February 2017 as a direct acquisition process with Kongsberg. It is a highly mobile, short-range air defence system that will reuse key capabilities from the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), to include its command and control and unique network solutions.

In addition to elements from NASAMS, this highly mobile air defence system includes the IRIS-T missile from Diehl Defence and a radar from Weibel Scientific.

The Army Mobile Ground Based Air Defence System provides the Norwegian Army [with] a unique capability to provide air defence throughout their manoeuvre operations. We are very pleased that the addition of the Army Mobile Ground Based Air Defence System in the Norwegian forces, along with the existing NASAMS air defence system, provides both the Norwegian Army and the Air Force [with] extremely advanced air defence systems from Kongsberg,” stated company President Eirik Lie.

The new system leverages technologies matured and refined in the NASAMS programme. (Image: Kongsberg)

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