Poland's Aegis Ashore Anti-Missile Defense To Be Operational By End Of 2022 - Pentagon


Poland's Aegis Ashore Anti-Missile Defense to Be Operational by End of 2022 - Pentagon

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 20th November, 2021) The deployment of the US-provided Aegis Ashore missile defense systems planned for Poland should be complete and operational by the end of 2022, the Defense Department said.

"The Aegis Ashore capability planned for Poland is moving ahead to be operational by the end of next year, said the program executive officer for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense," the Defense Department said in an news article on Friday.

The Aegis Ashore was designed as a shipboard system to track and destroy incoming enemy targets, but now the system has also been deployed for use on land, as Aegis Ashore, the article said. Already an Aegis Ashore capability has been operational in Deveselu, Romania for more than five years, the article added.

A site similar to the one in Romania is also planned for Redzikowo, Poland, near the Baltic Sea. But that site has been delayed due to construction issues - though efforts are now underway to get the site operational by the end of next year.

On Thursday, Rear Adm. Tom Druggan said installing the Aegis Weapon System has been delayed as work is being done on the military construction with contractors and the project is behind the original schedule.

Over the summer of 2021, the Aegis Ashore system in Poland was pulled out of storage there and assembled to test its operations and it is now ready to be installed, Druggan added.

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