Defence Ministers from 14 NATO Allies and Finland got here collectively in Brussels on Thursday (13 October 2022) to signal a Letter of Intent for the event of a “European Sky Protect Initiative”. Spearheaded by Germany, the initiative goals to create a European air and missile defence system via the frequent acquisition of air defence gear and missiles by European nations. It will strengthen North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO) Built-in Air and Missile Defence (IAMD).

“This dedication is much more essential right this moment, as we witness the ruthless and indiscriminate missile assaults by Russia in Ukraine, killing civilians and destroying vital infrastructure. On this context, I strongly welcome Germany’s management in launching the European Sky Protect Initiative. The brand new belongings, totally interoperable and seamlessly built-in inside the NATO air and missile defence, would considerably improve our skill to defend the Alliance from all air and missile threats,” stated NATO Deputy Secretary Normal Mircea Geoan?.


Defence Ministers from 14 NATO Allies and Finland signal a Letter of Intent for the event of a European Sky Protect Initiative – Assembly of NATO Ministers of Defence – Brussels, Belgium.

The initiative will enable all collaborating nations to collectively develop an air and missile defence system utilizing interoperable, off-the-shelf options. This multinational and multifaceted strategy presents a versatile and scalable manner for nations to strengthen their deterrence and defence in an environment friendly and cost-effective manner. The 14 NATO allies included: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, the UK.

NATO IAMD is a necessary, steady mission in peacetime, disaster and battle, safeguarding and defending Alliance territory, populations and forces in opposition to any air and missile menace and assault. It’s a necessary aspect of NATO’s deterrence and defence, which contributes to the Alliance’s indivisible safety and freedom of motion. The unique idea was carried out in 1961 via the usage of the NATO Built-in Air Defence System (NATINADS) underneath the command and management of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).