America plans on deploying long-range arms in Germany

(MENAFN) The United States and Germany have announced plans to deploy long-range missiles in Germany starting in 2026, marking a significant shift in military strategy following the dissolution of a Cold War-era treaty. This decision, outlined in a joint statement from the White House following talks at NATO's annual summit in Washington, reflects a strategic repositioning in response to evolving security dynamics in Europe.

Under the terms of the agreement, the United States will initiate intermittent deployments of its Multi-Domain Task Force's long-range fires capabilities in Germany from 2026 onwards, with intentions to establish a permanent presence thereafter. The deployment will include advanced weapons systems such as the SM-6 anti-air missile, boasting a range of up to 460 kilometers (290 miles), and the Tomahawk cruise missile, capable of striking targets over 2,500 kilometers away.

Additionally, the statement highlights plans to station developmental hypersonic weapons in Germany, promising significantly extended operational ranges compared to current land-based capabilities in Europe. Despite previous setbacks in developing hypersonic technology, the United States aims to enhance its military posture in the region with these advanced systems.

The deployment follows the United States withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 2019, which had previously prohibited the placement of land-launched missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers on European soil. Signed during the Reagan-Gorbachev era in 1987, the INF Treaty played a pivotal role in reducing nuclear tensions in Europe, particularly in the aftermath of the tense Able Archer military exercise in 1983.

The decision to station these weapons underscores ongoing shifts in transatlantic security policy and aims to bolster NATO's deterrence capabilities amid heightened geopolitical tensions. As the United States and Germany prepare for the deployment of these advanced military assets, the move is expected to influence broader discussions on European security dynamics and defense strategy within the alliance.



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