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.
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.
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