NATO has only 5% of air defense assets needed to protect eastern flank

May 30, 2024

RBC Ukraine

NATO is reported to possess only a small fraction of the necessary anti-aircraft resources to defend its Eastern flank, exposing the continent’s vulnerability on a massive scale, citing Financial Times.

Russia’s war against Ukraine has underscored the importance of air defense, as Kyiv urges the West to provide additional systems and missiles to protect its cities, troops, and energy infrastructure from daily bombing raids.

However, insiders familiar with confidential defense plans drafted last year reveal that NATO countries are capable of providing less than 5% of the required anti-aircraft resources to defend their members in Central and Eastern Europe from a full-scale assault.

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