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SNA 2018: Aegis director cites importance of BMD training

08 January 2018

The US Navy (USN) continues to face questions about its ability to deploy a surface fleet that can provide adequate ballistic missile defence (BMD).

James Sheridan, Lockheed Martin director of Aegis, the combat system on those ships, said Aegis BMD success is mostly a matter of adequate training.

The questioning about the USN’s BMD capability has reached a higher pitch in the wake of recent North Korean missile testing and the loss of two guided-missile destroyers equipped with Aegis upgraded for BMD missions due to collisions.

Speaking at a US Naval Institute Washington Defense Forum panel on the recent ship mishaps on 4 December, Captain Kevin Eyer (retd), a former commanding officer of two US cruisers, said BMD ships need special grooming’ just to complete ballistic missile interception tests.

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