German Patriot batteries in Poland soon

Two have reached the Vistula River in recent months Patriot anti-missile system batteriesIt will be used by Polish military personnel. Their mission is to neutralize enemy missiles at a distance of dozens of kilometers. The contract for this purchase was signed by the Polish Ministry of Defense with the Americans in March 2018. The equipment is now assembled and certified and will be operational next year. In our nomenclature, two batteries equal four fire units, each with four missile launchers. In total, our two batteries 16 launchers. In addition, there are radars, command vehicles, etc.

Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 last year, the Americans deployed two batteries of the system. They are active and protect the South East region PolishMainly Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport, which is a key logistics point for sending friendly military and civilian aid to Ukraine.

In future Polish Additional batteries of the Patriot system, which are part of the German Army, are to be supplied. – Currently, military consultations are held with the German side on such detailed issues as: the place and date of the establishment of the patriot system on the territory of the Republic of Poland, the number of German personnel or the number of batteries. We will share the details in due course – Information from Operations Center of Ministry of National Defense to DGP Officers. This has also been confirmed by the German side. – The details of the use of the Patriot System in Poland are currently being discussed and coordinated at the working level. We will inform you about the details once the planning process is complete. I can confirm that we plan to use three Patriot systems to support and strengthen Polish air defense. A spokesman for the German Defense Ministry said. However, it is worth remembering that these batteries can be in various configurations, but most often it is at least 12 missile launchers.

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– When it comes to the activities of German patriots in our country, Deputy Prime Minister, Head of the Ministry of National Defense, Information Mariusz Blaszczak, the German side agreed that they should be included in the Polish command structure, meaning that the operational commander of the Polish armed forces would decide on its use. Other details related to this are classified information – Employees of the press department of the operational command answered our questions.

When will the equipment arrive in Poland? It’s a matter of weeks to come. Poland will be integrated into the command structure in January and February, Deputy Defense Minister Marcin Osieba said on Polish radio.

It is not known whether anything will change regarding German patriots in Poland after President Olaf Scholes’ conversation with US President Joe Biden on Thursday, according to which Berlin will send a battery of the system to Ukraine. A few weeks ago, such a scenario seemed completely impossible, and Jaroslaw’s proposal Kaczynski, later repeated by Mariusz Błaszczak, was rejected by the German side that the Germans should send the patriotic organization to Ukraine instead of Poland. This change occurred mostly under pressure from other allies. At the end of December, the US announced that it would transfer this anti-missile system to Ukraine. From the point of view of Poland’s security, this turn of events is very beneficial: not only that The Patriots will travel to UkraineThen the security of our eastern borders will be additionally strengthened in the area of ​​missile defense.

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Last year was memorable Poland An inquiry was sent to Another six batteries of the Patriot system. The agreement will be signed this year. Taking into account that more contracts have been concluded on the “Narev” project, namely short-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense, in four or five years Poland will have one of the most modern systems in the world. . The cost of its acquisition will exceed PLN 100 billion.

In turn, a deal was confirmed last week for the purchase of 116 Abrams tanks with accompanying equipment. 8 bridges and 12 security cars. The cost is $1.4 billion, of which $200 million will be contributed by Americans. The first battalion, i.e. 58 pieces, is to reach us this year and next year. In 2025, acceptance of the first new ones will begin Abrams, we bought 250 last year. By the end of 2026, the Polish army will have 366 machines of this type and 180 South Korean K2 tanks. Even if we hand over our PT-91 Twardy tanks or some Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, we will still be one of the strongest NATO countries in terms of tanks.

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