Germany has supplied Warsaw the Patriot missile defence system to assist it to safe its airspace after a stray missile crashed in Poland final week, Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht informed a newspaper on Sunday.
The German authorities had already stated it will provide its neighbour additional assist in air policing with German Eurofighters after the incident, which initially raised fears that the conflict in Ukraine may spill throughout the border.
“We have offered Poland support in securing airspace – with our Eurofighters and with Patriot air defence systems,” Lambrecht informed the Rheinische Post and General Anzeiger.
The missile that hit Poland final week, killing two individuals, appeared to have been fired by Ukraine’s air defences reasonably than a Russian strike, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has stated.
Ground-based air defence methods equivalent to Raytheon’s Patriot are constructed to intercept incoming missiles.
NATO has moved to strengthen air defences in jap Europe since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. More than a dozen NATO allies led by Germany in October kicked off an initiative to collectively procure air defence methods for a number of layers of threats, together with Patriot.
Germany had 36 Patriot models when it was NATO’s frontline state in the course of the Cold War. German forces at the moment have 12 Patriot models, two of that are deployed to Slovakia.
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