Wall, Robert; Barrie, Douglas
October 2005
Aviation Week & Space Technology;10/3/2005, Vol. 163 Issue 13, p48
Trade Publication
This article reports that technical and policy developments are taking place in the U.S. and Europe to field a ballistic missile defense system. European defense officials believe that the time is right to start laying the groundwork for an expanded missile defense shield, although those efforts will remain much more modestly funded than the broad-based, multibillion-dollar program the Pentagon is pursuing. There's little disagreement among allies on both sides of the Atlantic over the need for tactical missile defenses. Intelligence agencies see a steady increase in the number of countries fielding short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. What emerges are two very different architectures in the U.S. and Europe. The U.S. is fielding multiple systems, with unique interceptors, radars and command-and-control infrastructures. The main element of Europe's midterm and future ballistic missile intercept capability is the so-called Aster 30 SAMP/T, which is undergoing flight testing for its basic air-defense mission, with trials for ballistic missile protection to come soon.


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