Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress
Congressional Research Service Washington United States
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The Aegis ballistic missile defense BMD program, which is carried out by the Missile Defense Agency MDA and the Navy, gives Navy Aegis cruisers and destroyers a capability for conducting BMD operations. Under the FY2020 budget submission, the number of BMD-capable Navy Aegis ships is projected to increase from 38 at the end of FY2018 to 59 at the end of FY2024. BMD-capable Aegis ships operate in European waters to defend Europe from potential ballistic missile attacks from countries such as Iran, and in in the Western Pacific and the Persian Gulf to provide regional defense against potential ballistic missile attacks from countries such as North Korea and Iran.
- Surface-Launched Guided Missiles
- Naval Surface Warfare