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1 ales Nederland a full-scale development and production contract for the BMD early warning upgrade of the SMART-L D-band shipborne volume search radar. Due for delivery to the Royal Netherlands Navy's (RNLN's) four De Zeven Provincien class air defence and command frigates from 2017, the SMART-L EWC (Early Warning Capability) system capitalises on ales Nederland's long pedigree in multibeam radar technology, while at the same time bringing to fruition advanced BMD search and track functionality matured through extensive modelling, simulation engineering development, prototyping and at-sea capability demonstration. Why is this significant? By evolving from the existing SMART-L volume search radar, and keeping within its existing ship installation footprint, SMART-L EWC presents NATO navies with a fully funded, low-risk entry point to extend the capability of their latest anti-air warfare (AAW) ships to encompass BMD early warning. is is a potential game changer, enabling the cost-effective leverage of existing maritime assets so as to offer an efficient, self- contained and inherently mobile means to fill BMD sensor gaps in a manner fully coherent with NATO's Smart Defence concept. oday there are over 30 countries that have, or are acquiring, ballistic missile technology that could eventually be used to carry not just conventional warheads, but also weapons of mass destruction. Recognising the growing risks to its forces and populations from the proliferation of regional ballistic missile threats, NATO has over the past decade formalised a series of policy responses. In 2005, following several tears of study activity and threat analysis, the alliance established the Active Layered eatre Ballistic Missile Defence (ALTBMD) programme to create a capability to defend deployed forces and other high-value assets operating out of area. e NATO Summit in November 2010 marked a further significant milestone, with NATO leaders agreeing to develop a ballistic missile defence (BMD) capability to pursue its core task of collective defence. To this end, they decided that the scope of the ALTBMD programme's command, control and communication capabilities should be expanded to also encompass NATO European populations and territory. In this context, the US European Phased Adaptive Approach and other possible national contributions (sensors and interceptors) were welcomed as a valuable national contribution to the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) architecture. An Interim BMD capability was declared at the Chicago Summit in May 2012. When fully operational around the end of the decade, the BMD capability will be built around a command and control system (expanded from that originally developed for ALTBMD) that enables five key functions: planning; monitoring; information sharing; interception; and consequence management. Intrinsic to the BMD initiative – indeed embedded into the new NATO mindset – is the concept of Smart Defence. A pragmatic mechanism by which to deliver new and improved capabilities to the Alliance at a time of acute cost constraint, Smart Defence requires partner nations to pool and share critical capabilities, set common priorities and improve pan-national coordination. It is against this backdrop that the Netherlands government in June 2012 demonstrated its commitment to improving NATO's BMD capability by awarding Delivering Understanding the contribution of SMART-L EWC to NATO BMD SMART defence T

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