An anti-ballistic missile defence system, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD), was deployed by the US at the Deveslu military base in southern Romania at the request of NATO on Wednesday.
The THAAD systems will only be operational during regular maintenance and software upgrades of the base's existing Aegis Ashore Missile Defence System.
The commander of the 174th US Air... Еще Defence Artillery Brigade, Colonel Thomas Moore, said that «NATO has requested us to be here, the Secretary of Defence approved the mission. We are here to supplement the Aegis while they are conducting maintenance.»
He further explained that «the THAAD system and Aegis systems both are purely defensive systems. There is no switch that would allow them to become offensive weapons systems.»
Colonel Razvan Bratulescu, commander of the Romanian 99th military base, added that «it is very important for Romania to have this system installed here. It is also Romania’s and United States’s contribution to the NATO ballistic missile defence system, as we all know. It increases the level of security of Romania so everybody, I think, is aware of this, of its importance.»
Each THAAD battery has eight interceptors and is reportedly able to intercept missiles at a range of 200 km (124 miles).