Germany offered Poland the Patriot air defense system

Germany offered Poland the Patriot air defense system
Germany offered Poland the Patriot air defense system

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Germany offered Poland Patriot air defense systems

After the fall of the rocket in Poland, Germany offered Warsaw support in ensuring airspace security – with the help of Eurofighter fighters and Patriot air defense systems, Defense Minister Khrystyni Lambrecht said.

Germany has offered to provide Poland with Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems (SAMS) to help Warsaw defend its airspace after a missile fell in the Polish village of Przewodów, 5 km from the border with Ukraine, on the evening of November 15. This was reported by the Minister of Defense of Germany, Christine Lambrecht, in an interview with the Rheinische Post and General Anzeiger newspapers, which they published on Monday, November 21.

“We offered Poland support in ensuring the security of the airspace – with the help of Eurofighter fighters and Patriot air defense systems,” Lambrecht said amid fears that the war could spill over the border of Ukraine.

Ground-based air defense systems, such as Raytheon’s Patriot, are designed to intercept a line-of-sight target.

“We must be ready to defend Germany and the territory of the alliance,” Lambrecht added. Within the framework of the European air defense system FCAS, the modernization of capabilities with the help of fighters, drones and communication infrastructure should be carried out from 2040.


Joint procurement of air defense systems within NATO

NATO has already taken steps to strengthen air defenses in Eastern Europe following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February. More than a dozen alliance allies, led by Germany, launched an initiative in October to jointly procure air defense systems, including Patriot, to counter multiple levels of threats.

During the Cold War, the Federal Republic of Germany – as a front-line power of NATO – had 36 Patriot systems. Now the German Armed Forces have 12 Patriot complexes, two of which are deployed in Slovakia, Reuters reports.

Last week, the German Ministry of Defense offered Poland help in ensuring the security of its airspace. German Eurofighter fighter jets can be used promptly for this purpose, “if Poland so wishes,” said a representative of the ministry in Berlin. For this, fighters do not need to be transferred to Poland, they could take off from German air force bases. NATO and its allies also want to strengthen Ukraine’s air defense in the future. US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin, according to media reports, was supposed to discuss this issue via video conference with colleagues from 50 countries at the regular meeting of the so-called contact group regarding Ukraine on November 16.

It should be noted that the fall of a rocket in the Polish village of Perevodiv in the Lublin Voivodeship near the border with Ukraine on November 15 caused the death of two people. An investigation is currently underway to establish whose missile it was – a Russian one that was intended to attack Western Ukraine, but missed, or a Ukrainian air defense missile intended to shoot down a Russian missile.

As reported, the head of the Bureau of International Policy under the President of Poland, Jakub Kumokh, emphasized that the fall of a missile on the territory of Poland near the border with Ukraine did not affect the relations between the countries.


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