Oman is the seventh customer for the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System. (Raytheon)
LONDON — Oman has signed a $1.28 billion deal with Raytheon to purchase the US contractorís National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) .
The contract was awarded in the fourth quarter of last year but has only now been announced.
Oman becomes the seventh customer for the air defense system developed by Raytheon and Norwegian company Kongsberg. The European company said in a statement that its part of the contract was worth NOK 3.7 billion (US $602 million).
Kongsberg CEO Walter Qvam said the deal is the single largest supply contract in the companyís history.
The ground-based system employs Raytheonís AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile as its primary weapon but other missiles, such as the AIM-9X Sidewinder and RIM-162 Sea Sparrow, can also be integrated.
The system includes sensors, command and control and communications equipment along with missile launchers.
NASAMS is already deployed in several countries including Norway, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands and the US.