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Ukraine conflict: UK to deploy Sky Sabre to Poland

The British Army will deploy the Sky Sabre air defence system, comprising the GAMB (left), SAMOC (centre), and Land Ceptor missile delivery vehicle (right), to Poland. All three Sky Sabre vehicles were brought into action on Thorney Island, West Sussex. (Crown copyright/British Army/Sgt Tom Evans)

The UK will deploy the Sky Sabre air defence system to Poland and 100 personnel to operate it, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) tweeted on 17 March. The ministry said the deployment was requested by Poland.

The MoD said, “Sky Sabre has unprecedented speed, accuracy, performance and target acquisition, which will significantly enhance Poland's air defences.” UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace added that the deployment would help Poland “protect her airspace from any further aggression from Russia”.

The announcement came after Wallace met Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak in Warsaw on 17 March.

Poland's Ministry of National Defence quoted Wallace on its website on 17 March as saying Sky Sabre “is also a system that that we will develop together with Poland in the future”.

Błaszczak said, “We are interested in co-operation related to anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence. This is the Narew programme run by Poland.”

Wallace and Błaszczak signed a statement of intent on 18 November 2021 to co-operate on Poland's Narew ground-based short-range air defence system. At the time, Poland's Armament Inspectorate (now Agency) had recommended the MBDA Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) for the Narew programme.

Sky Sabre is composed of a Rafael Surface-to-Air Missile Centre (SAMOC) for command and control, Saab Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (GAMB) 3D medium-range radar with a range of 120 km, and MBDA Land Ceptor launcher and Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM).

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