The land-based Aegis Ashore site at Deveselu Base in Romania will be capable of launching the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3), which has traditionally been fired from ships equipped with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. The 269-acre site, which will also include a Lockheed Martin-made SPY-1 radar, is to be operational by 2015. Houston-based KBR announced in July that it received a $134 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct the buildings and infrastructure that will support the system in Romania.
The Romania plans are outlined in a presentation that Navy Vice Adm. James Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, made at a mid-August missile defense conference in Huntsville, Ala. An agency spokesman said he did not know the exact date of the groundbreaking.
The second European site, slated for Redzikowo, Poland, is undergoing engineering and environmental studies and is scheduled to be up and running in 2018.
The United States is pursuing the land-based sites to supplement Aegis ships and better protect NATO allies in Europe against Iranian ballistic missiles.
A third land-based Aegis Ashore site is under construction at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, to conduct flight tests starting in 2014.
MDA is also upgrading the Raytheon-built SM-3 to extend its range. Two intercept attempts are scheduled to occur by the end of calendar year 2013.
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