U.S. and Romanian officials will make a “Technical Capability Declaration” for the first Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense site this Friday, a formal announcement that the site has moved from construction to the integration phase – though still short of the goal for the system to go operational by the end of this year. Read More
The following is the Dec. 11, 2015 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
Aegis Ashore ground-based ballistic missile defense (BMD) system scored its first successful intercept from its Hawaiian test location, the Missile Defense Agency announced on Thursday. Read More
The Aegis Combat System program has several major milestones approaching, including the lightoff of the first land-based Aegis Ashore, the completion of all Baseline 9 field introduction activities and progress on several active Foreign Military Sales (FMS) cases. Read More
The following is the Nov. 10, 2015 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
This post has been updated to include additional information from the Navy.
The Navy’s surface ship weapons office is developing software to bring additional mission sets to the Standard Missile-6 surface-to-air missile, which may be ready for fielding in the next year or two. Read More
The U.S. Navy and its NATO counterparts are discussing how to make maritime ballistic missile defense (BMD) training a routine event in Europe, in the hopes that countries will grow more comfortable working with one another in this warfare area and even invest in greater capabilities, the head of American ballistic missile defense in Europe told USNI News. Read More
This post has been updated to reflect additional information regarding the roles of each ship during the live fire exercise.
The Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense At-Sea Demonstration this week will help Aegis Combat System developer Lockheed Martin validate how well coalition forces’ platforms can work together in the real world and discover any improvements that may need to be made to the system. Read More
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — The consortium building three air warfare destroyers (AWDs) for the Royal Australian Navy has provided an update on the construction of the ships, as well as an overview on the lessons learned from the delays and cost overruns that have plagued the program. Read More
The following is the Sept. 25, 2015 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More