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The Netherlands
 
 

Background

 

The Netherlands is a NATO ally cooperating in research and development of European theatre missile defense systems. The Netherlands, is involved in the Trilateral Frigate Program alongside Germany and the United States.

 

The Netherlands also contributes to NATO missile defenses by providing an Integration Test Bed facility in The Hague. According to a press release from SAIC, the facility is “a major component of a multiyear NATO project to integrate the existing missile defense programs of U.S. and allied NATO nations, helping ensure the protection of deployed forces against short- and medium-range ballistic missiles.”

 

The Dutch defense firm Thales, along with the Royal Netherlands Navy also worked to upgrade the Smart-L long-range radar systems to provide early warning ballistic missile detection capabilities.


Current Developments

 

The Netherlands has provided two Patriot missile batteries to Turkey as part of a NATO effort to counter any cross border airstrikes from Syria.

 

On September 29, 2011 the Netherlands Defense Ministry approved a 250 million Euro program to modernize the air-defense radar system and frigates for as sea-based missile defense system. The domestic upgrades will contribute to the NATO European missile defense.


Capabilities

 

The Netherlands currently operates PAC-3 Patriot surface-to-air missiles, in addition to possessing a Stinger weapon platform. It directly cooperates with the US on integration of the RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles.

 

The Netherlands also possesses 4 Air-defense and Command Frigates (LCF) equipped with upgraded "Smart-L" radar systems.





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