24 Surface-to-Air Missile Group
24 Surface-to-Air Missile Group in Bad Sülze is located in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is the home base of the Patriot weapon system.
Being an integral part of the integrated air defense, 24 Surface-to-Air Missile Group, with its ground-based Patriot air defense system, contributes to the protection of the airspace against missiles. For this purpose, the weapon system can be used for the protection of areas, objects or operations also outside of German territory.
24 Surface-to-Air Missile Group maintains and ensures compliance with the technical and tactical operational readiness requirements of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and national agencies, and ensures responsiveness and deployability in case of alert. This includes in particular training of personnel, maintenance of the weapon systems, conduct of unit training, and participation in national and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) exercises.
24 Surface-to-Air Missile Group carries out air defense by order of, and as directed by, the superior operations centers and in accordance with national and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) requirements. This includes in particular deployment to the area of operations and follow-on deployments depending on the situation, employment in area and point defense, and employment of the Patriot weapon system for defense against aerial targets.
German Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Christian Steinhagen
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