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US Army fires, air defence units heading to Europe to address Russian threats

21 June 2017

To address Russian threats, the US Army has decided to send more short-range air defence (SHORAD) and Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) units to Europe in the coming years, according to Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, head of US Army Europe (USAREUR).

The decision stems partly from lessons learned observing Russian actions in Ukraine with electronic warfare, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), artillery, and so on.

"A fires brigade will start showing up in Europe in the next couple of years with two MLRS battalions, [and a] SHORAD battalion is coming," Lt Gen Hodges said during 20 June remarks at the Association of the US Army's headquarters.

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