NATO troops near Ukraine’s border with Poland will be provided with the Sky Saber system, which the UK government claims can intercept ’24 tennis balls traveling simultaneously at the speed of sound’
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Britain is sending a high-tech missile defense system to Poland to protect NATO from Russian warplanes and drones.
One hundred UK troops will be deployed to operate the Sky Saber weapon, which entered service with the Army and RAF only in December. It entered service with the army two years ago.
It comes after Russia fired 30 cruise missiles at a military base just a few miles from Ukraine’s border with Poland.
The deployment was announced by Defense Secretary Ben Wallace during a visit to Poland, which borders war-torn Ukraine and key Russian ally Belarus.
“We will be deploying the Sky Saber medium-range air defense missile system to Poland with about 100 staff members to make sure that we stand with Poland, protecting her airspace from any invaders,” he said. any Russian invasion. ”
A spokesman for Boris Johnson said: “This is an air defense capability on the ground in support of the Polish armed forces at the request of the Polish government.
“As always, this is a purely defensive capability that we are providing on a bilateral basis to Poland.
“It will always be under the control of the UK.
“One hundred employees will be deployed with it – they are required to operate the Sky Saber system.
“This is a short-term rollout that will be further reviewed.”
The 10-and-a-half foot surface-to-air missile is operated by the Royal Artillery 16th Regiment, based at Baker Barracks, Thorney Island, Hants.
It is designed to provide “simultaneous 360-degree coverage and a high degree of mobility”.
Announcing its entry into service with the Army, the Department of Defense said: “The Sky Saber marks a major step forward in the ability of the UK armed forces to defend themselves against machines. Fly fast attack jets, missiles and even bombs dropped from the air.
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“Its accuracy and agility mean it’s capable of intercepting an incoming object the size of a tennis ball traveling at Mach 1.”
The Army says the system can intercept “24 tennis balls at the same time traveling at the speed of sound.”
No10 refuses to “speculate on what it may or may not be used for”.
However, NATO leaders fear that Russian jets and drones that attack Ukraine could stray into Polish airspace – encroaching on alliance territory.
That would immediately raise an edge in an escalating conflict, with Russia effectively invading NATO territory.
Such an attack could trigger NATO’s collective defense clause – Article V – which states that an attack on one member state is an attack on the entire organization.
The alliance’s defense ministers met in Brussels this week to agree to bolster defenses on the alliance’s eastern flank in the wake of the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Asked if it was a reaction to Russia’s bombing near the Polish border, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “I wouldn’t say it was a response to a particular issue. body.
“I think we’ve always found that both working within NATO and bilaterally with our European partners, we want to make sure Europe’s borders are well protected against the aggression that we continue to see from Putin.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-ukraine-war-uk-sends-26491040 Ukraine War: Britain sends high-tech missile system to Poland for protection from Russian jets