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Lockheed, Navy, MDA Prep Aegis Ashore System For 2014 Test

Romania Aegis AshoreLockheed Martin, the Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy are preparing a ballistic missile defense site in Romania to begin operations by 2015. will be deployed to Romania in 2015.

The system has entered operational readiness and its planned deployment in Romania is part of NATO’s European Phased Adaptive Approach initiative for ballistic missile defense, Lockheed announced Monday.

According to the company, the system’s second “light off” in six months also comes ahead of its first live test in 2014 at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.

The Aegis Ashore system uses the newest generation of BMD, a successor to the sea-based Aegis BMD.

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