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The White House has confirmed that the United States will start deploying long-range weapons in Germany over the next two years.

In a statement, the White House said, “The United States will begin episodic deployments of the long-range fires capabilities of its Multi-Domain Task Force in Germany in 2026, as part of planning for enduring stationing of these capabilities in the future.  When fully developed, these conventional long-range fires units will include SM-6, Tomahawk, and developmental hypersonic weapons, which have significantly longer range than current land-based fires in Europe.”


According to the White House, the move was made to “demonstrate the United States’ commitment to NATO and its contributions to European integrated deterrence.” This confirmation is significant because deploying these types of weapons, which have a range of more than 310 miles, was prohibited by a nuclear forces treaty between the US and Russia until 2019.

While speaking to NATO officials, President Biden said, “Today we have to ask ourselves, what is next? How can we keep making the shield stronger? One answer must be to strengthen our industrial base. Right now, Russia is on a wartime footing with regard to defense production. They’re significantly ramping up their production of weapons, munitions, and vehicles, and they’re doing it with the help of China, North Korea, and Iran.”

This development comes after the United States Army established the 2nd Multi-Domain Task Force for its Europe and Africa headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany, back in 2021. According to the Pentagon, this move was made to enhance regional capabilities.


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