Nato al­lies set for ma­jor war games

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS MORAY -

Month-long ma­jor war games are to start off the Outer He­brides this week­end which will see a mis­sile fired into space.

The US 6th Fleet is to lead a live fir­ing ex­er­cise at the He­brides Range, which is based in the Uists.

For­mi­da­ble Shield will in­volve the UK, Canada, France, Ger­many, Italy, Nether­lands and Spain.

Part of the ex­er­cise will see the Nato al­lies test their bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­fence ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The Royal Nether­lands Navy is to ask its per­son­nel to de­tect and track “Suc­cess­fully tested its bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­fence sys­tem” a mis­sile fly­ing at more than 12,427mph. Dur­ing the ex­er­cise the Dutch air de­fence and com­mand frigate HNLMS De Ruyter will mon­i­tor the mis­sile, which will fly twice as high and far as one fired dur­ing an at-sea demon­stra­tion off the He­brides in Oc­to­ber 2015.

Then an Amer­i­can war­ship suc­cess­fully tested its bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­fence sys­tem – the first such test in Europe.

The USS Ross car­ried out the hit dur­ing a live­fire demon­stra­tion in war games.

The destroyer fired an SM-3 mis­sile and shot down a Ter­rier Orion bal­lis­tic mis­sile fly­ing in space, ac­cord­ing to a US Navy state­ment.

The Florida-based USS The Sul­li­vans also fired an SM-2 mis­sile at two ae­rial tar­gets sim­u­lat­ing anti-ship cruise mis­siles tar­get­ing the Ross.

Tak­ing place between this com­ing Sun­day and Oc­to­ber 18, some of For­mi­da­ble Shield will over­lap with Nato’s UK-led Ex­er­cise Joint War­rior, which also takes place in Scot­land.

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