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CNO touts BMD potential of Aegis

19 January 2018

Admiral John Richardson, the US chief of naval operations, said he is confident about the ability of the Aegis combat system aboard appropriately outfitted US guided-missile destroyers and cruisers to conduct ballistic missile defence (BMD) missions, even during the initial boost phase.

“Aegis is highly effective in BMD,” Richardson testified on 18 January during a House Armed Services Committee hearing. “We have attuned it for that role.”

Aegis is more effective, he said, during the terminal, or latter, phases of a ballistic-missile trajectory.

But, he said, there is nothing technically that could prevent a properly placed Aegis-equipped ship from engaging a missile in the boost phase.

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