Commissioning of the Aegis Ashore anti-missile system in Poland again delayed by two years

The entry into operational service of the NATO ballistic missile defense site in Poland was, once again, shifted by two years. Initially scheduled for 2018, then for 2020, the delivery of the Polish site of Aegis Ashore is no longer expected before 2022 due to difficulties related to the construction of the buildings.

The Aegis Ashore system is a land-based version of the AEGIS long-range air defense system which is carried on board the American cruisers and destroyers of the Ticonderoga and Arleigh Burke classes, as well as on certain Spanish, South Korean, Australian and other vessels. Japanese. The Aegis Ashore uses the AN / SPY-1 flat-face naval radar, the vertical launchers Mk41 and the interception missile SM-3, which are also used by American ships.

The SM-3 Block IB already equips the Romanian Aegis Ashore and will be the basis of the Polish site. The latter will also be able to implement the more massive and longer-range Block IIA, resulting from an American-Japanese development.

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