I don’t feel that NASAMS II is obsolete by any means. But it’s strength even on the “mobile” launcher (which is mobile only in the sense it isn’t a towed system like canister launchers, it certainly can’t fire on the move) is defending a set area, defined by the range of it’s effectors and how widely spread these launchers can be. It is a traditional short-medium ranged AD system (should we acquire the necessary -ER effectors).Could not agree more. And mobile air defence is required in numbers.
An interesting learning from Ukraine is that it is critical for GBAD launchers to be mobile to defend against counter-battery fire.
I feel this raises concerns about the NASAMS launcher and wonder if it is effectively obsolete when considered in its dismounted form.
The more modern threat observable in Ukraine and elsewhere seem to have caught our capability planning processes somewhat by surprise…
Then of course there is the terrible neglect of ground-based air defence systems in general in the ADF for the past 70 odd years… As an example we are about to be the only ‘major’ Western military that doesn’t have a single MANPAD system in-service…