The video is on how NATO’s Ballistic Missile Defence has reached a new milestone. The increase of ballistic missiles in other countries, especially in the southeast, poses a growing threat to Allied countries. NATO’s Ballistic Missile Defence abilities protect European Allies’ territory using a network of multinational resources. Upon reaching a new milestone in Initial Operational Capability, NATO experts talk about how the system works and what it protects.
Rear Admiral Danilo Balzano, Assistant Chief of Staff, J3 Operations, SHAPE, says that to engage a ballistic missile is like countering a rifle bullet with another rifle bullet, so it’s fantastic system that needs all these kinds of technologies that are interconnected.
Made of up sensors and interceptors placed both on land and sea, nations contribute both assets and personnel and work together to get ready in the event of a crisis, in a worldwide network that is centered around the headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
Brigadier General Kevin Huyck, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, NATO Allied Air Command, says that it’s important to understand that NATO nations provide the resources for ballistic missile defense and everything is linked at Ramstein.
The resources stand ready to carry out that action. During a demonstration at sea in Scotland, a US ship worked with Dutch radar to track and intercept an incoming missile. Meanwhile, a new site in Romania, equipped with an interceptor, provides powerful radar.
Speed is of the essence, according to Huyck. “We keep track of the incoming missile then direct the firing units to engage, or we can hold fire, depending on what type of information we have,” he says.
At an exercise called Steadfast Alliance, the whole chain of events from simulated crisis to intercepting an incoming missile was practiced, certifying that NATO is ready to move into what is called Initial Operational Capability.
“Taking into account the instability in certain regions of the world ongoing right now, we took those factors and placed them into a fictitious world that was built on a steadfast alliance,” Major Aaron Felter, Ballistic Misslie Defence Officer, J2 Intelligence Cell, SHAPE, says.
Other future upgraded sites and equipment are set, including one in Poland, and various other European Allies – all to strengthen NATO’s ballistic defense architecture.