Germany, Netherlands to Install NATO Missile Battery in Slovakia
Source: Associated Press
Dutch military says it will team up with Germany to install Patriot battery in Slovakia.
NATO requested the anti-missile system’s installation along alliance’s eastern flank, says the Netherlands.
Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren said Tuesday that the Dutch ruling coalition agrees “in principle” to the deployment on the alliance’s eastern flank as a defensive measure.
Ollongren says that some 150 to 200 Dutch troops will head east with the missile system as soon as the Cabinet gives formal approval. The defense ministry said the missiles can take down airplanes, helicopters and cruise missiles up to an altitude of 20 kilometers, or some 12.4 miles.
The Dutch military’s Patriot systems have previously seen service in both Gulf wars and were stationed in southern Turkey from 2013-15 to intercept missiles from Syria. [Sic.]
Germany announced late last month that it planned to send Patriots to Slovakia.