Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SEAPOWER Magazine Online

SEAPOWER Magazine Online: The Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) site being built in Romania is on track to begin operations later this year, according to the commander of U.S. European Command.

Speaking to reporters April 30 at the Pentagon, Air Force Gen Phillip M. Breedlove, commander, U.S. European Command (EUCOM), said the Aegis Ashore site is “very slightly behind in construction” but is “on budget.”

“Right now, we are on time to deliver and stay on schedule to bring this site up,” he said. “It will be important, the first of those shore sites that enable the EPAA, European Phased Adaptive Approach. Our allies are coming along right beside us.”

The Aegis site being installed in Deveselu, Romania, is one of two Navy-operated BMD sites being established in Eastern Europe, with the second slated for Poland. The Deveselu site will feature a SPY-1 radar mounted on a built-for-the-purpose deckhouse and launchers for 24 Standard SM-3 Block 1B missiles.