Rapid Fire June 27, 2012: FY12 ReprogrammingJun 28, 2012 09:50 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff
- The US Missile Defense Agency’s FTM-18 test goes well, as the AEGIS BMD 4.0.1/ SM-3 block IB missile combination tracks & hits a separating ballistic missile target. That’s the same configuration that will be used on land in Europe, as of 2015.
- Meanwhile, the Dutch just signed an agreement with Thales to upgrade their high-end air-defense ships’ SMART-L radars for early ballistic missile detection.
- Denmark has added itself to the LITENING pod’s customer list, buying the latest G4 model for its F-16s. The Danes have delayed their competition for an F-16 replacement, so this kind of upgrade becomes important.