How does a ballistic missile intercept work in practical terms?
If a hostile ballistic missile was launched against a NATO nation, there would be only minutes to react. NATO's Ballistic Missile Defence system uses networked sensors and interceptor missiles that provide a defence for an area under threat. Sensors calculate the threat missile's trajectory and evaluate the threat. Systems then provide valuable cueing and tactical information for operators to determine the best option for a successful interception. At the same time sensors also provide warnings on the predicted impact areas to alert national authorities, allowing them to initiate passive defencive measures. Once the threat is pinpointed, the best suited interceptor launches from sea or from land to neutralize the attacking missile, protecting NATO populations, territories and Forces.