HMS Dragon has fired her missiles off the coast of Scotland in order to shoot down a target but don’t worry, it’s just an exercise.
Formidable Shield 21 is a live 2-week exercise bringing together allied nations in UK waters to demonstrate effective integrated air and missile defence, including interoperability and command and control.
— HMS Dragon (@HMSDragon) May 28, 2021
The exercise is designed to improve allied interoperability in a live-fire joint integrated air and missile defence (IAMD) environment, using NATO command and control reporting structures.
According to the Ministry of Defence:
“Formidable Shield is a significant exercise, with 15 ships, more than 10 aircraft, and around 3,300 military personnel involved. The exercise was primarily taking place at MoD Hebrides Range in Scotland which is managed by QinetiQ.
The range complex occupies 115,000km2 of sanitised airspace with unlimited altitude and can be extended for specific trials. This large area makes it ideal for air-launched weapons operations and is a fully instrumented controlled environment which enables the test and evaluation of land, air and sea weapons, systems and training for UK forces and its allies.”
Ten nations participated by sending ships, aircraft, ground assets, and embarked staff in Task Group IAMD, including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.