Germany and its 13 NATO allies want a joint air defense system to protect their skies from missiles.
That’s why they prefer Israel’s Aero 3 system, USA’s Patriot and Germany’s IRIS-T. Berlin said on Thursday.
“With this initiative we are fulfilling our collective responsibility for Europe’s security by pooling our resources,” German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht said at an event at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
14 countries have signed a letter expressing their interest there. Although the representatives of Estonia were not present at the event, they were also part of the initiative. What they call the ‘European Sky Shield’.
In addition to Germany, the signatories are: United Kingdom, Slovakia, Norway, Latvia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium, Czechia, Finland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania and Slovenia.
Ground-based air defense systems such as Raytheon’s Patriot units or the more recently modernized IRIS-T are no longer needed by many Western countries, Reuters reported. Because many Western countries were reluctant to spend more on the military after the Cold War.