Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Spanish Army Conducts Successful NASAMS Live-Fire Exercise

Spanish Army Conducts Successful NASAMS Live-Fire Exercise

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Nov. 11, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), along with Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, provided support during the Spanish Army's successful live-fire exercise of its National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), a surface-launched AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) system.

"Raytheon's support to the Spanish Army enabled it to conduct missions independently," said Pete Franklin, vice president, National Theater and Security Programs for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "Through our efforts, the Army was able to successfully demonstrate its capabilities in using this weapon system."

Raytheon provided support for mission planning, data recording and flight test scenarios.

During the exercise, four AMRAAM missiles were launched against target drones at the Medano del Oro firing range in Mazagon, Spain. This was the first NASAMS live firing conducted in Spain. Two dual-missile scenarios were performed during the exercise. The Spanish NASAMS equipment and crews met all the test objectives. The Spanish Army acquired their four NASAMS fire units in 2003.

NASAMS is a launcher that provides increased environmental protection to the surfaced-launched AMRAAM, which was developed by the U.S. Air Force's Air Armament Center, the U.S. Navy, and Raytheon.

Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Global Capabilities Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.

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