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NATO's ballistic missile exercise sends signals to Russia

24th October 2017 - 10:00 GMT | by Uldduz Sohrabi in London

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While all eyes may currently be on North Korea, NATO’s decision to host its most recent ballistic missile defence (BMD) exercise in the Atlantic theatre is a sign that its strategic priority remains Russian deterrence.

The alliance's inaugural Formidable Shield exercise, held in the Western Isles of Scotland from 24 September to 18 October, concentrated on air and missile defence engagements.    

The exercise included a successful intercept test utilising sensor data from a Royal Netherlands Navy vessel, which cued a US Navy SM-3 interceptor. An industry analyst speaking to Shephard, who wished to remain anonymous, emphasised that

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Uldduz Sohrabi

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Uldduz Sohrabi is a freelance reporter for Shephard Media.

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