- uploaded: Nov 17, 2011
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The Missile Defense Agency is eyeing the use of Raytheon's Land-Based SM-3 for a regional defense for Europe against a ballistic missile attack, most likely from Iran. Raytheon's concept calls for linking the SM-3 (a IB would require up to 7 batteries while a IIA would only need two -- they say) to the Thaad radar and fire control. This video depicts a rendering of the concept iintermingled with actual intercept footage from ship-launched SM-3 trials. The land-based option doesn't yet exist and is eyed for operations in 2013.