HMS Defender Fires Missile in Exercise Formidable Shield

May 20, 2019 – In a burst of fire and smoke, Royal Navy warship HMS Defender has tested her world-beating missile system off the coast of Scotland. Blasting from the Type 45 destroyer’s silo, the missile flew four times the speed of sound before obliterating an incoming drone target designed to simulate a projectile attack on the ship. It marks the first time HMS Defender has taken on this particular type of target – one that is significantly more challenging as it flies faster and lower than others before it.…

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Aegis Combat System Successfully Completes Series of Air and Missile Defense Tests During NATO Exercise

The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency, supported by Lockheed Martin, successfully conducted a series of Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) tests in the Atlantic Ocean during Formidable Shield 2017 (FS-17) from Sept. 24 – Oct. 17, 2017. Naval forces from eight NATO nations participated in the exercise. Formidable Shield is designed to demonstrate and improve allied interoperability in an integrated air and missile defense environment, using NATO command-and-control reporting structures and datalink architecture. In one event, a U.S. Navy ship operating with the BMD 4.0.3 Aegis Combat System conducted a…

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Royal Navy Able to Provide Three Ships for Exercise Formidable Shield

Exercise Formidable Shield, a US-led multinational maritime integrated air and ballistic missile defense exercise has begun today off the coast of Scotland. US-led Exercise Formidable Shield has today begun in waters off the West Coast of Scotland. A Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer and two Type 23 frigates will, alongside ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States, join one of the most sophisticated and complex air and missile exercises ever undertaken in the UK. Lasting a month, allies will work together to detect, track…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Rota for Exercise Formidable Shield

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Rota, Spain after conducting preparations for exercise Formidable Shield, Sept. 18. While Donald Cook was in port, Sailors, technical representatives, and Navy contractors completed upgrades and prepared the ship for Formidable Shield. “It is great to be heading out to sea on the USS Donald Cook to finish this patrol,” said Command Master Chief Jeremy E. Douglas. “I am very excited and feel very lucky to be working with such a fine crew. This crew is tough and has a very strong work ethic.…

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