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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Missile defense ships face arms race, high op tempo

Tivonderoga class CGThere may be rough seas ahead for the Navy's ballistic missile defense force.

Demands are high for the Navy's BMD-capable ships and, soon, land sites, and for good reason. More than 1,200 ballistic missiles have been added to the arsenals of potential adversaries in the past five years, according to the Missile Defense Agency.

North Korea, Syria and Iran are making strides in development and production, with Iran ready as soon as this year to test an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States, according to reports by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.

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1 comment:

  1. Been ringing this bell for a couple of years. That is why the US Navy NEEDS a new Aegis Guided Missile Frigate to take on lower tempo and threat tasks of AAW/ASW/ASuW and Theater Ballistic Missile Defense. The Ballistic Missile inventories of the world powers, particularly of our most likely adversaries, have been growing in leaps and bounds, and the CG-47/DDG-51s will be in great demand for many things other than AAW. If one had to put up a Ballistic Missile Defense net along a US coast it would soak up quite an amount of the inventory with nothing left to takes its place in the fleet to meet its other obligations and missions. A multi-warfare frigate is needed in numbers and soon, and LCS (what ever you want to call it) IS NOT IT!


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