A first-of-its-kind experimental firing test was successfully conducted by the Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Office of the Air Force Research Laboratory earlier this week.

The firing experiment was part of the air defense bolstering initiative in the US, which resulted in a “key breakthrough” involving three types of powerful missiles fired in a single open-architecture National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS).

NASAMS, also known as Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System, is the world’s first operational net-centric architecture capable of short- to medium-range ground-based air defense systems developed by Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) and Raytheon. It features multiple simultaneous engagements and Beyond Visual Range (BVR) and is, by nature, a highly mobile system designed to focus on operational flexibility to protect Air Bases, Sea Ports, Populated Areas, and other valuable areas and assets of the armed forces.

Raytheon Missile & Defense announced the success of the layered test in a press release using AIM-9X, AMRAAM, and AMRAAM-Extended Range missiles, demonstrating how NASAMS could protect air bases against cruise missiles of varying ranges.