With the Russia-Ukraine war entering nearly its twentieth month since the armed conflict began and no sign of the intensity de-escalating anytime soon, security concerns over a potential spillover to the borders of Poland are at greater heights.

To address this, Poland has taken a significant step to safeguard its capital, Warsaw. Thus, for the first time, the country has deployed the American-built PATRIOT missile defense system at the Warsaw-Babice airport.

This deployment comes amid concerns driven by a series of events, including recent Russian missile violations of international borders and tensions with neighboring Ukraine.

The Polish Ministry of Defense (MoD) made the announcement of this historical deployment following a meeting between Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and service members of the 3rd Air Defense Missile Brigade, which is tasked with operating the Patriot missile defense system in Warsaw.

The MoD, via social media platform X, stated that beginning Friday, October 6, Polish “soldiers will begin duty on elements of this modern system,” marking a groundbreaking moment for Warsaw’s security.