Poland buys giant air balloons for airspace defense

Poland has signed a landmark deal to improve its airspace surveillance capabilities by purchasing massive air systems called Barbara.

This advanced radar system, capable of detecting a wide range of threats, including missiles, aircraft, drones and naval units, will improve Poland's defense preparedness.

The agreement was signed in Warsaw in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamis and Secretary of State Pawel Bejda.

The Barbara system, which includes four air balloons – aerostats, will be stationed along the eastern and northeastern borders of Poland, extending the detection range over 300 kilometers.

Kosiñak-Kamis stressed the importance of this agreement, stressing that it strengthens Poland's defense cooperation with the United States and strengthens NATO's collective security.

The $960 million deal, partially financed by a loan from the US government, positions Poland as the second country globally to use this type of system.

The Barbara aerostats will complement existing air defense and coastal surveillance systems, providing multi-layered surveillance. This capability is critical in light of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, highlighting the need for comprehensive threat detection at various altitudes and environments.

By integrating these advanced systems, Poland aims to strengthen national security and maintain regional stability, demonstrating its commitment to modernizing its defense infrastructure.

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