The American anti-ballistic system Aegis Ashore in Poland, i.e. the anti-missile shield, the component of which is installed in Redzikowo near Słupsk, is to be “operational by the end of next year” – said Rear Admiral Tom Druggan, the director of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense program, quoted in a statement by the US Department of Defense. The Aegis Ashore system has been operating in Romania for five years.
The Aegis anti-missile shield was originally designed as a ship tracking and destroying system for missiles. After appropriate modernization, it was also put into operation on land as the Aegis Ashore. It already operates, for example, in Deveselu, Romania. The facility, which is under NATO control there, has been operating for over five years.
Rear Admiral on building the Aegis Ashore system in Poland
As in Romania, the location of the Aegis Ashore system components is also planned in Poland, in Redzikowo near Słupsk. However, the US Department of Defense reported that the facility’s commissioning was delayed due to construction problems. Efforts are now underway to make it operational by the end of next year.
– My part [zadania – przyp. red.], which involves installing the Aegis weapons system, has been delayed because we are still working on a military construction with our contractors, said Rear Admiral Tom Druggan during a discussion on Thursday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, referring to the progress of work in Poland . “We’re lagging behind on the original schedule, no doubt about that,” he said. He added that “the good news” is “getting the quality expected of a facility that is expected to be in existence for 50 to 75 years.”
Druggan announced that the Aegis system in Poland was assembled in the summer to test its operation. “We’ve linked the entire weapon system except the antennas,” he said. – We connected the power. The equipment was in containers for some time. We found some problems. The good news is that we have removed them, he noted. He added that the system software has also been updated and is now “ready to be installed”.
Rear Admiral announced that he expects the Aegis Ashore anti-missile shield in Poland to start operating by the end of 2022. After its launch, it will be connected to the US naval systems for some time, but ultimately it is to be managed by NATO.
Main photo source: US Naval Forces Europe-Africa