Military Capabilities

Germany, the Netherlands integrate GBAD

10 April 2018

The Luftwaffe's Flugabwehrraketengruppe (Surface-to-Air Missile Group: SAM-Group) 61, based in Todendorf, northern Germany, was subordinated to the Dutch Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) Command in Vredepeel, the Netherlands, on 4 April, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Luftwaffe announced afterwards.

The subordination of the German unit is part of Project Apollo, which aims to bundle and expand German-Dutch GBAD, including through a binational task force for short- and very short-range air defence.

Addressing the handover ceremony in Vredepeel, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Germany and the Netherlands want to use synergies "to improve our existing capabilities and create new ones, especially to protect ourselves from short- and very short-range aerial threats".

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