The Eurofighter Typhoon was first used in a combat role in NATO’s air war against Libya in 2011. This may presage activation of NATO Article 4 collective military response clause. – RR
November 21, 2022
Warsaw and Berlin have agreed that Patriot air defence systems relocated to Poland from Germany should be deployed near the Ukrainian border, a Polish deputy prime minister said on Monday.
Mariusz Błaszczak wrote in a tweet that he had spoken with German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht and she “reaffirmed Germany’s willingness to deploy Patriot missile launchers near the border with Ukraine.”
Błaszczak, who is also Poland’s defence minister, announced earlier in the day that Warsaw had accepted an offer from Berlin to send Patriot air defence systems to Poland after a stray missile incident in a Polish village near the Ukrainian border last week.
“With satisfaction, I accepted the proposal of the German Minister of Defense to deploy additional Patriot missile launchers in our country,” Błaszczak tweeted on Monday morning, as quoted by the Polish defence ministry.
He added that he would “suggest that the system be located at the border with Ukraine” during a phone talk with Lambrecht later in the day.
The German government also offered Poland further help in air policing with German Eurofighters after the missile incident, which initially raised fears that Russia’s war in Ukraine could spill across the border….
“We have offered Poland support in securing airspace – with our Eurofighters and with Patriot air defence systems,” Lambrecht told the Rheinische Post newspaper….