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.
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