Billion dollar order NATO countries buy up to 1000 Patriot

Billion dollar order: NATO countries buy up to 1,000 Patriot missiles

The Patriot missiles will be purchased at a cost of US$5.5 billion. The objective is to reinforce NATO's air defense.

In order to strengthen NATO's air defense, the defense alliance wants to buy new Patriot missiles for 5.5 billion dollars. Up to 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles will be purchased jointly by member states, the Luxembourg-based NATO procurement agency NSPA announced on Wednesday. The contract is one of NSPA's largest financial acquisitions, he said.

This also included testing equipment and spare parts to support future maintenance, and new suppliers will also be brought in. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the alliance partners' announcement. “This investment shows the strength of transatlantic defense cooperation and NATO’s commitment to the security of our people.” Russian missile and drone attacks on Ukrainian civilians, cities and towns have demonstrated the importance of modern air defense.

Several NATO member states, including Germany, have commissioned the agency to purchase the anti-aircraft systems. NSPA CEO Stacy A. Cummings said the contract demonstrates that NSPA can successfully provide effective and cost-effective multinational solutions to nations while strengthening European industrial capabilities. “Client nations have achieved economies of scale, reduced their logistical effort and received competent solutions and support within a proven, ready-to-use legal framework.”

Production in Bavaria

According to the information, a joint venture between the European weapons manufacturer MBDA and the North American company Raytheon is responsible for production. This will take place in Schrobenhausen, Bavaria, where maintenance on Patriot missiles is already being carried out. A production line will now be built there, a spokesperson said.

Patriot (“Phased Array Tracking Radar for Intercept on Target”) is one of the most modern air defense systems in the world. Combat enemy aircraft, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.

NSPA is NATO's organization for multinational acquisition, support and sustainment in all areas. (APA)

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