#1 US Navy recently held missile defense test (to counter Iranian threat)
07-11-2008, 01:10 PM
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According to the Navy Times, the exercise involved the USN Benfold destroyer in the Persian Gulf and the USN Russell destroyer in the Mediterranean.
"Passing Target Tracking and Firing Solution Data by Telemetry Between a destroyer in the Persian Gulf and a destroyer in the Mediterranean in Real Time !"
With the possibility of an Iranian missile onslaught on Israel looming, the US Navy recently held an unprecedented exercise testing the communications network supporting its Aegis missile defense system across the Middle East. The test took place on the weekend of June 28 while Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen was in Israel for talks with IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, and just days after Chief of US Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead concluded a visit here for talks with his counterpart, V.-Adm. Eliezer Marom. The communications test, revealed in the Navy..snip
US Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead concluded a visit here for talks with his counterpart, V.-Adm. Eliezer Marom.
The communications test, revealed in the Navy Times, involved ships deployed in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf.
During his visit to Israel, Roughead told The Jerusalem Post that he had discussed missile defense systems and particularly the Aegis system with his Israeli counterparts. Defense officials have said that in the event of a conflict with Teheran it was possible that the US would deploy an Aegis system off Israel's coast to provide another layer of defense against Iranian ballistic missiles.
By 2009, the US Navy will have 18 cruisers and destroyers with operational Aegis systems that are capable of tracking ballistic missiles and intercepting them with ship-launched SM-3 missiles.
Last edited by megimoo; 07-11-2008 at 01:26 PM.
07-11-2008, 01:11 PM
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It will require 10 Aegis ships on station with SM-3 Block IIA interceptors to provide 40 to 60% coverage of Europe (central Europe would not be protected). To provide this persistent partial coverage, it would require four rotations for a total of 40 ships dedicated to the European defense. Assuming 20 interceptors per ship, we would need 200 SM-3 interceptors for the ships on station and 200 SM-3 interceptors
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