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Pentagon sends jamming planes to Germany to boost NATO capabilities

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The Pentagon announced Monday that it will send six US Navy jamming planes to Germany to enhance NATO’s capabilities.
“The EA-18Gs are not being deployed for use against Russian forces in Ukraine,” but rather “in line with our efforts to enhance NATO’s deterrence and defense capabilities along the eastern flank,” the spokesman for the Pentagon, John Kirby.

He added that the planes are expected to arrive at Spangdalem Air Force Base in Germany on Monday from Whidby Island Air Force Base in Washington.

He pointed out that these aircraft are a modified version of the F/A-18 aircraft specialized in electronic warfare and use sensors to jam enemy radars and air defense systems.

A Pentagon spokesman said 240 Navy personnel would escort the planes to Germany.

In a budget proposal on Monday, the White House revealed plans to spend $6.9 billion to help Ukraine defend against a Russian invasion and support NATO member states.

The United States increased its assistance to Ukraine in the wake of the Russian invasion, including humanitarian and security assistance.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has pressured NATO countries to supply Ukraine with more weapons, including fighter jets, air defense systems, tanks, armored vehicles and anti-ship missiles.

The United States has so far ruled out sending aircraft or other specific weapons systems to Ukraine.

President Joe Biden said he did not want to cross boundaries that could lead to a “third world war” or pit Russia against NATO.

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