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Allied missile defense exercise helps to build a shield of protection

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) transits through the Atlantic Ocean during Formidable Shield 19 on May 11, 2019. Formidable Shield was designed to improve allied interoperability in a live-fire, integrated, air-and-missile-defense environment, using NATO command and control reporting structures. (Photo:U.S. Navy)

Raytheon-built missiles played key roles in a multi-nation integrated air and missile defense exercise aimed at ensuring systems run by the U.S. and its allies work together.

Fired from the USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), a Standard Missile-3 intercepted a target at sea in the NATO-led Formidable Shield, held on May 1-19, 2019, off the coast of Scotland. The exercise, the second of its kind, brought navies of several allied nations together to intercept and destroy mock ballistic missiles with interceptors.

The exercise involved missile defense systems from nine countries, including the U.S., Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.K.

“A missile threat could come without warning and the U.S., along with our allies, must be ready to react quickly,” said Dr. Mitch Stevison, Raytheon Strategic and Naval Systems vice president. 

Standard Missile-2 and Evolved SeaSparrow Missile also engaged targets during the live-fire exercise. Both systems are components of a ship’s layered defenses, which allows navies to fend off advanced threats with an overlapping shield of systems.

Beyond ensuring that U.S. missile defense systems can operate with those of coalition partners, multinational exercises help address challenges like the integration of computer networks and communications systems. Such exercises also build alliances, enable capability sharing and allow allied navies to improve at-sea proficiency.

“The opportunity for multiple nations to share the technology of sensors, effectors, radars and interceptors creates a stronger missile defense posture,” Stevison said.

Published On: 05/16/2019
Last Updated: 05/29/2019