Conference Agenda

MAST Northern Coasts 2019 Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

Thu 5 Sep 2019

11:00 Thu 5 Sep 2019


3B: Surface


International AEGIS Fire Control Loop

  • Katherine Gurgal
    Business Development
    Lockheed Martin
    United States
  • Mr David Crist (co-author)
    Technical Director Aegis BMD
    Lockheed Martin MS&T
    United States
  • Frank Mazza (co-author)
    Manager Advanced International Naval Programs
    Lockheed Martin
    United States


Formidable Shield: A Dutch Perspective

  • Mr. Rogier Noorland
    Systems Architect IAMD

Formidable Shield is an biyearly international exercise organized by the US Sixth Fleet at the Hebrides test range in the Atlantic Ocean. It is aimed at international cooperation in the area of Air and Missile defence.

On the 15th of October 2017, a ballistic missile was launched from the Hebrides coast. It reached an altitude of 300 km and a velocity of more than 3 km/second. Thales’s SMART-L radar on board of HNLMS De Ruyter detected and tracked the ballistic missile and made the data real-time available to the USS Donald Cook, via the designated NATO communications network. This resulted in a launch of an SM-3 IB by the USS Donald Cook and a successful intercept of the ballistic missile. The quality of the data provided by the SMART-L was concluded to be high enough for a Launch on Remote.

The SMART-L radar on HNLMS De Ruyter, was temporarily modified to include the latest technology that Thales has recently developed for Ballistic Missile Defence purposes. This technology is used in the SMART-L MM (Multi Mission) radar that will be forming the backbone of the Dutch contribution to NATO’s ballistic missile defense capability.

In parallel to the event on the Hebrides range a SMART-L MM radar, positioned over more than a 1000 km away in Hengelo, detected the same ballistic missile as soon as it appeared over the horizon. The radar maintained a stable high quality track for more than 300 seconds at ranges exceeding 1700 km until the missile disappeared behind the horizon.

3. Ballistic Missile Defense – a Navy Asset is Not Necessarily on a Ship

  • Mr Morten Siglev
    Head of Marketing
    Weibel Scientific A/S

The proliferation of missiles and missile technology is a growing concern to the Western world and our allies. Numerous intelligence reports and incidents display a worrying growth in both numbers and types of missiles, as well as actors with missiles in their inventory.

In many sea-going nations, the larger combat vessels has been a natural platform for missile defense. The flexibility of a ship with e.g. a Mk 41 VLS enables a nation’s navy to adapt to a change in the threat scenarios seen from a maritime perspective.

At the same time, the intent to disrupt e.g. a terror attack by missiles move towards as early engagement as possible. Thus, the engagement capability may risk being limited by the range of the organic sensors.

The paper will discuss how 20-year legacy in tracking and separating objects in a target cluster can be a valuable addition to a naval-based missile defense – even for ground deployment.

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