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EW Europe: NATO to tackle SEAD gap

13th May 2016 - 13:04 GMT | by Tim Fish in Rotterdam

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NATO is pushing ahead with a programme to fill its capability gap in the suppression of enemy air defence (SEAD).

The programme intends to develop a next generation system that can meet the challenges of combating enemy air defences, such as Russia’s new S-400 system (SA-21) and anti-access area denial (A2AD) systems.

Speaking at EW Europe in Rotterdam, international officials said that following the alliance's summit in Wales in 2015, the US had stated it wanted Europe and Canada to provide 50% of NATO’s SEAD capability and reduce reliance on Washington.

An initial operating capability is slated for December 2023, …

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