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NATO Missile Shield to be Ready by Year's End

Work on a NATO missile shield is expected to be finished by year's end once testing on the system is finished, United Press International reported (see GSN, June 25).

The Netherlands' air force last week completed testing of the alliance's Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense Program.

NATO missile defense head Brig. Gen. Alessandro Pera said last week's testing produced "the kind of performance necessary to conduct a theater missile defense battle."

NATO established its antimissile program in 2005 to improve its readiness to thwart enemy tactical ballistic missile attacks. The system is intended to offer protection from missiles that can travel a maximum of 1,,800 miles.

"We are very happy with the results," Pera said. "By the end of 2010, NATO will have, for the first time, a capability to link national sensors and shooters into a real-time missile defense capability" (United Press International, July 23).

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