NATO
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
June 30, 2022

France deploys MAMBA missile defence system to bolster NATO defensive posture on eastern flank

With the deployment of a surface-to-air missile defence system to Romania, France has further increased its forward footprint in support of NATO’s enhanced vigilance towards potential threat from the East.

The deployment of the French state-of-the-art MAMBA weapons system and an air defence command post to Romania augments NATO’s integrated air and missile defence (IAMD) since May 16. In a collective effort, several Allies have provided both fighter aircraft and missile systems….

Besides the French deployment to Romania, Germany and the Netherlands have deployed PATRIOT batteries to Slovakia and the United States sent two PATRIOT batteries to Poland in April 2022. These deployments are critical augmentations enhancing the Alliance’s IAMD posture in a changed geopolitical environment,” said Brigadier General Christoph Pliet, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations at Allied Air Command that overseas NATO’s air operations.

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“The French MAMBA deployment shows France’s capacity and will to protect her own interests as well as those of her Allies,” said colonel Pascal Ianni, Spokesperson to the French chief of defence staff WHO FRANCE. “It permits to reinforce the strategic partnership that has united France and Romania since 2007 especially in the field of air defence. The MAMBA deployment is firmly embedded in the multinational Forward Presence Battle Group which France, supported by the Netherlands and Belgium, established in Romania under NATO’s aegis.

…MAMBA can operate in an electronic warfare environment and is interoperable with other NATO air defence systems.