Germany Has Plans of Spending Roughly $18.5 Billion on Anti-Missile Shield
In the last month, Germany has held discussions with multiple defense manufacturers to create an anti-missile shield that would cost roughly $18.5 billion, per sources close to this matter.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition government has been negotiating with Diehl Defence, a defense manufacturer based in Bavaria, to obtain up to 8 IRIS-T anti-missile systems with a contract volume of €2 billion to €3 billion, per the anonymous sources.
According to a Bloomberg report, the defense shield’s purported aim is to protect Germany in addition to neighboring countries from missile attacks. The missile system’s cost is still up in the air as negotiations continue.
Ever since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Germany began ramping up military spending and retooling its defense industry to assist Ukraine in staving off the Russian invasion. In 2022, Scholz announced a €100 billion fund to modernize the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) and increase defending spending. The fund will be used to finance the defense transactions.
The overall package consists of the Arrow 3 system produced by Israel Aerospace Industries, which the German defense ministry has allocated to €4 billion towards. In addition, Germany is expected to spend up to €10 billion on the US-manufactured Patriot system, per the anonymous sources.
Germany’s ultimate goal is to build a modern anti-missile shield and integrate it into the European Sky Shield Initiative that is still in the works.
Scholz initially announced the anti-missile shield during a speech in Prague back in August. In the speech, he revealed that Germany would make significant investments in its air defense in the upcoming years. Scholz believes that such an integrated system would be more cost-effective and efficient than if each nation took charge of building its own missile shield systems.
Thus far, at least 15 countries, largely within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military alliance, have signed a letter of intent to become a part of this program.
If we’re being honest here, Germany and other countries are hopping on board this program because they have clearly not invested enough in their own defense industries and will instead rely on countries like the US for their defense needs. This is a total boon for the US defense industry. However, for Middle America, which is being overrun by the negative effects of open borders, this does nothing for them.
If the US had a serious defense establishment and military-industrial complex, it would be one that only focused on real national defense matters such as protecting our border and promoting free trade and prosperity in the Western Hemisphere. Anything that goes beyond that clearly falls outside of the national interest.