NATO Ballistic Defence exercise Steadfast Armour concludes

Two launchers of the French SAMP/T mobile air defence weapon system. It protects sensitive sites and deployed forces against missile threats as a medium range ground-to-air system. The SAMP/T system can meet medium and long range air defence requirements (force projection, protection of high-value areas and area protection). - Photo courtesy French Air Force
Apr 28, 2017

RAMSTEIN, Germany - NATO Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) exercise STEADFAST ARMOUR 2017 conducted April 24 -28 focused on NATO's BMD mission execution from the operational to the tactical unit level utilising existing plans and procedures in a simulated scenario defending NATO allied territory and population.
 
During the simulated threat scenario, national BMD contributions from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States were controlled by the BMD Operations Cell at HQ AIRCOM, Ramstein, Germany. NATO BMD is a system of sensors, missile interceptors and command and control facilities.
 
"The exercise demonstrates NATO’s ability to Command and Control various national BMD contributions and the ability to integrate them into our communication and software networks," said Colonel Akgulay, Operation Centre Director, HQ AIRCOM.
 
The proliferation of ballistic missiles around the world is an increasing threat to Allied populations, territory and deployed forces. In 2010 the alliance initiated the development of a missile defence capability to address the ever increasing threat. NATO’s missile defence program is a long-term investment to addresses this growing security threat. During the NATO Summit in Warsaw in 2016, the Allies declared Initial Operational Capability of this system. The authority over the US Aegis Ashore system in Romania was transferred to Commander AIRCOM in August last year increasing NATO’s ability to intercept threat missiles.
 
"Through the integration of more national assets and further improvements of the command and control systems we continue to advance the capability and effectiveness of NATO BMD," said Brigadier General Kevin Huyck, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, HQ AIRCOM.
 
STEADFAST ARMOUR 2017 is the premier missile defence exercise of the year for NATO, showcasing the fusion or sensor, weapon system, and operator’s ability to meet current and future threats to the Alliance.
 
Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office
 

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