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Slovakia gains fourth Patriot battery

29th April 2022 - 10:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Patriot SAM systems, pictured on 20 April en route to Slovakia. (Photo: NATO)

NATO allies Germany and the Netherlands have delivered an extra Patriot SAM battery to Slovakia.

NATO confirmed on 27 April that a Dutch-German Air and Missile Defence Task Force has deployed a battery of Patriot SAM systems near Sliač Air Base in Slovakia, ‘to reinforce defence capabilities on NATO’s eastern flank following Russia's invasion of Ukraine’.

A Patriot battery was filmed arriving at Sliač on 20 April, less than two weeks after the Slovakian government announced it had transferred its sole S-300PMU1 SAM battery to Ukraine.

Slovakia already operates three Patriot air defence batteries within the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System.

‘These ground-based defensive systems will strengthen the integrated shielding of NATO's borders and will protect Slovakia from missile threats,’ NATO stated.

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