The Netherlands is an American ally cooperating in research and development of missile defense systems. The country along with the United States and Germany is involved in Trilateral Frigate Program.
The Netherlands plays very important role in developing missile defense capabilities for the NATO as a whole by providing an Integration Test Bed facility essential to the development of a multi-layered missile defense system, and also by contributing with the Smart-L long range radar systems.
The Netherlands have provided 2 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 the sea-based 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 Sparrow Missiles. The Netherlands also possess 4 Air-defense and Command Frigates (LCF) equipped with upgraded "Smart-L" radar systems.