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