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Immediate Threat Acquisition

The FBX-T radar is designed to first detect a ballistic missile as close to the country of origin as possible. This maximizes the capability of the BMDS to identify, assess and engage ballistic missile threats to the U.S, deployed forces and allies. As soon as the FBX-T detects a threat, it begins generating sophisticated tracking data about that object and its flight. That information is then reported to the Command and Control Battle Management Communications (C2BMC) element. Once the tracking data provided by the FBX-T and other sensors is received by the engaging fire control system

  • and the object is deemed hostile — the target will be intercepted and destroyed by a Ground-Based

Interceptor (GBI) or Standard Missile-3.

[Sourcebook note: In the European missile defense system under discussion before 2010, the GBR-P radar located in the Czech Republic would have taken the place of the Sea-Based X Band Radar shown above.]

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