BRUSSELS — NATO introduced Wednesday that it might assist purchase as much as 1,000 Patriot missiles in order that allies can higher defend their territory as Russia ramps up its air assault on Ukraine.
NATO’s Help and Procurement Company stated it’ll help a bunch of countries, together with Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain, in shopping for the Patriots, that are used to defend towards cruise and ballistic missiles in addition to enemy plane.
In response to business sources, the contract might be value round $5.5 billion.
The acquisition may assist allies liberate extra of their very own protection programs for Ukraine. The company stated that “different person nations are anticipated to learn from the situations of the contract,” with out elaborating.
“Russian missile and drone assaults on Ukrainian civilians, cities and cities present how vital trendy air defenses are,” NATO Secretary-Common Jens Stoltenberg stated in an announcement. “Scaling up ammunition manufacturing is essential for Ukraine’s safety and for ours.”
As a company, NATO offers solely non-lethal help to Ukraine, however its members ship weapons and ammunition individually or in teams.
Russia’s newest spherical of assaults started Friday with its largest single assault on Ukraine of the battle, which has slowed down right into a grinding winter battle of attrition alongside the 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) entrance line. Greater than 40 civilians have been killed because the weekend.
Ukraine’s two largest cities got here beneath assault early Tuesday from Russian missiles that killed 5 folks and injured as many as 130, officers stated, because the battle approaches its two-year mark.
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