Rheinmetall has announced the decision of Norway to purchase 13 MSP 500 multi
sensor platform systems o be delivered between February 2004 and 2005 for its
Air Force, with an option for a further 6 systems.
MSP 500 electro-optical sensor is used to identify and track airborne targets
and to assign targets to the related missiles. In combination with a radar
system, the MSP 500 determines the altitude and range of an incoming target even
at great distances. This system is also capable of recognize multiple targets
which a radar only shows as a single target.
Sensor data is relayed to the fire control center through a fiber optical cable
with a range of up to 1 kilometer.
When MSP 500 turns operational in Norway, it will be operated within NASAMS II
NASAMS is a mobile air defense system designed to protect important facilities
from close to medium range.
The NASAMS is the result of the Hawk air defense system program and is operated
by Norwegian rapid reaction military forces.
NASAMS employs Raytheon's AMRAAM missile and to date only Spain has decided to
purchase it as an offset for the F310-class frigates deal with Norway.
The Norwegian purchase of MSP 500 is worth around €13
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