Secretary of Defense
Lambrecht: Arrow 3 air defense system not ready before 2025
Chancellor Scholz wants to build a new air defense system with European neighbors and is eyeing the Israeli Arrow 3. The Ministry of Defense is now coming out with an initial schedule.
Secretary of Defense Christine Lambrecht believes that anti-aircraft system Arrow 3 could be put into operation for Germany in 2025 at the earliest. "Should we decide in favor of the system and sign contracts immediately and should the industry be able to deliver immediately, then ideally we could start training next year," said the SPD politician to the newspapers of the Funke media group. According to this, the system could “under optimal conditions be put into operation in 2025 at the earliest”.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had suggested during a visit to Prague at the end of August to build a new air defense system together with European neighbors. The project is seen as a response to Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine and the resulting change in the security situation in Europe.
Lambrecht admitted in the conversation that there were "gaps" in air defense that needed to be closed. "The Israeli air defense system Arrow 3 is an option," said Lambrecht.