Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

European Union

Germany to offer Poland Patriot system after stray missile crash

Germany offered Warsaw its Patriot missile defense system in order to secure its airspace after a stray rocket crashed in Poland last week. Christine Lambrecht, Defence Minister, spoke to a newspaper Sunday (20 November).

The German government declared that it would continue to support its neighbor in air policing, with German Eurofighters, after the incident. Initial concerns were raised about possible spillovers from the conflict in Ukraine.

Lambrecht said that Poland offered support in securing airspace using its Eurofighters, Patriot air defense systems and Eurofighters.

According to NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg the missile that hit Poland last week and killed 2 people appears to have been fired from Ukraine’s air defenses rather than a Russian strike.

Advertisement

Ground-based air defense systems such as Raytheon’s Patriot, RTX.NPatriot are designed to intercept missiles.

NATO has taken steps since Russia’s invasion of February to improve eastern European air defenses. More than 12 NATO allies, including Germany, launched the initiative for joint procurement of air defense systems to counter multiple threats such as Patriot.

During the Cold War, Germany had 36 Patriot units. This was when NATO was its frontline state. At the moment, 12 Patriot units can be found in the German army. Two of them are currently deployed in Slovakia.


Advertisement


This article is shared:

EU Reporter publishes articles sourced from many outside sources that reflect a broad range of views. These articles do not necessarily reflect the views of EU Reporter.

You May Also Like

World

For many years we have seen how the Soft Power used by the Kremlin works exclusively through culture, exhibitions, musical groups presentations, etc. It...

Featured

Yesterday (8th June)  Gotham City media outlet reported that on 21 March Russian businessman Vladislav Klyushin was arrested in Switzerland at the request of...

World

The Azerbaijani diaspora, which numbers some 60 million people around the world has entered the virtual social media battle being waged between Armenia and...

World

Zechariah and Shama’a have been married for 91 years. As Jewish orphans in Yemen, they married young to avoid being wed outside of their...