The frigate-mounted SM-2 long-range interceptor missile is expected to improve Denmark’s capability and make it a “credible” NATO partner in escort and other missions.
The Danish frigate Niels Juel carried out the first launch of a long-range SM-2 missile, capable of shooting down enemy aircraft and missiles.
The American-made SM-2 was touted as the most innovative tool in the Danish arsenal by, among others, Johannes Kidmose, the head of the Defense Academy’s Maritime Operations Center, who pointed to the significance of the launch.
“It is the most advanced missile we have ever had in the armed forces. The missile will provide a capability comparable to the contributions of other NATO countries, thus making Denmark a ‘credible partner’ in the NATO alliance. NATO, he said, Sputnik reported.
Dan B. Termansen, the commander of the 2nd Marine Squadron, argued that the three frigates can finally realize their full potential.
“They have some capability for submarine warfare. They have some surface warfare capability against other ships and land targets. And now they have expanded the air warfare capability. Now you can shoot down planes at much longer ranges than before,” Termansen told TV2.
Among other things, this makes it possible to protect other ships from longer distances than was previously possible, he pointed out. This, according to Termansen, can be used to escort forces to the Baltic.