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  • NATO Field Tests Theater Missile Defenses
    Posted by Nicholas Fiorenza 3:46 PM on Aug 25, 2011

    NATO yesterday completed the first field test of its Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defense (ALTBMD) interim capability to defend deployed forces from ballistic missile attack, the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A) announced today. The 22-24 August test, the first of two before NATO ALTBMD is declared to have reached military initial operating capability, was declared by the agency to have been a success.

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    Photo: Allied Air Command Ramstein

    The test was conducted in conjunction with a previously planned test of the command and control network of the European component of the US ballistic missile defense system. This component, the USS Monterey Aegis cruiser in the Black Sea, was represented by a simulator. On the NATO side, German and Dutch Patriot battalions participated in the test, with command and control provided by the alliance's Combined Air Operations Center in Uedem and air component command (ACC) in Ramstein, both in Germany. The NATO ALTBMD interim capability was provided by a communications van deployed at the CAOC in Uedem.

    The NC3A said the test took place in "a realistic operational environment," with the units involved responding to a simulated ballistic missile attack, information about which was provided by space- and land-based sensors. Simulated intercepts were conducted based on the tactical information shared between all participating units under the direction of U.S. Air Force General Mark. A. Welsh III, commander of Allied Air Command Ramstein.

    Tags: ar99, NATO, BMD

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