Monday, February 28, 2011

Nordic Nations Increasingly Interested in NAMSA

Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) Capabilities Group held a meeting at NAMSA to discuss cooperation in the support for the Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) that Finland has recently acquired.

NAMSA provides support for the NASAMS through the Ground-Based Defence (GBD) Weapon System Partnership (WSP) and the NORDEFCO Group meeting took place immediately after the GBD Partnership meeting. The possibility of entering into a formal relationship with the GBD WSP was also discussed.

NORDEFCO is a cooperation framework for policy, capabilities and operations, which was established by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in 2009.

The GBD WSP is a NAMSO Partnership formed by Greece, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain, and with Finland as an Associate State, for the support of several artillery locating radar systems, including that used by NASAMS. This support is provided by the NAMSA Air Defence Programme (LE).

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