Air and missile defence programmes and requirements continue to evolve at a rapid pace. The threats posed by Russia in Europe have prompted increased ballistic missile defence initiatives in the region. Eastern European states are faced with a variety of airborne challenges to the command of their air space, their infrastructure and citizens; these include the return of more traditional ballistic missile threats and hostile aerial reconnaissance, in addition to more general trends in the realm of air defence.
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Romania Positioned as Eastern Europe's Hub of Ballistic Missile Defence as NATO's Aegis Ashore Facility is Certified Operational
In one of Europe’s most significant missile defence developments in recent years, the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence facility at the Deveselu facility in Romania was declared operational on 12 May.
Enhancing regional cooperation and collective security is one of the driving forces behind the Aegis Ashore BMD capability and forms a central part of Romania’s strategy to significantly bolster its military capabilities. The country is resolved to increase defence spending from 1.4% of GDP to the 2% NATO target by 2017, with the vast majority of that increase being spent on the acquisition of new equipment. The certification of the BMD site in Romania puts the country at the forefront of Eastern Europe’s integrated air and missile defence capability, which makes it the ideal venue to explore bi-lateral strategies on effective airborne threat detection, interception and regional system integration.
The U.S. Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System in Deveselu, Romania, is the land-based component of the proven Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system. Part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defense, it is designed to counter threats originating from outside Europe.
Written by Special Correspondent Ned Lundquist and first appearing in Seapower magazine, download this article to:
- Find out more about the Aegis Ashore facility, which has the capability to launch the Standard Missile-3 Block IA, Block IB and, beginning in 2018, the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA.
- Understand how Aegis Ashore incorporates the Navy’s SPY-1 radar, multimission signal processor, Mk 41 Vertical Launch System, and command, control and communications processors.
- Appreciate the challenges with integrating a sea-based BMD system into a land facility.
- Understand more about Romania’s role in Eastern Europe’s integrated air and missile defence capability.
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