NATO: Alliance to buy one thousand Patriot missiles to improve allied air defences

BRUSSELS. The NATO Supply and Support Agency will support a coalition of allies, including Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, and Spain, in the purchase of up to one thousand Patriot missiles to strengthen their air defences in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

The contract will expand European production of the missiles, improving supply and ensuring the replenishment of allied stocks.

“I welcome the Allies’ timely announcement to invest in up to one thousand new Patriot air defence missiles to strengthen the security of the Alliance,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “This investment demonstrates the strength of transatlantic defence cooperation and NATO’s commitment to keeping our citizens safe. Russian missile and drone attacks against Ukrainian civilians, cities and towns show how important modern air defences are. Increasing munitions production is crucial for Ukraine’s security and our own”.

NATO to buy 1,000 Patriot missiles to enhance Allies’ air defences

The $5.5 billion contract was awarded to COMLOG, a joint venture between US-based Raytheon and German-based MBDA in Schrobenhausen, Germany.

The large order volume will be used to support the establishment of a Patriot missile production facility in Germany.

Patriot air defence systems can be used to defend against aircraft, helicopters and missiles, intercepting them at great distances. Following Russia’s war against Ukraine, NATO deployed Patriot missile batteries to protect allies on its eastern flank.

NATO allies have also delivered Patriot systems to Ukraine and are committed to further strengthening Ukraine’s defences.