US missile defence system in Romania is fully operational

Major military components of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defence System (AAMDS) in Romania, a key element in Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA), are now completed and have been handed over to the operational commander for future integration into the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence architecture. This means that military construction on the base and everything necessary for operating the system is complete and functioning.

The December 18 2015 announcement follows extensive military construction, equipment installation, and testing activities at Deveselu base in southern Romania. The project has caused a lot of protests from Russia, since it enhances existing US and NATO capabilities in a country that is so close to the Russian border.

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