(VIDEO)Ukraine: Explaining the Patriot missile system – intercepting and destroying cruise missiles and oncoming aircraft

Patriot is a combat-proven air defence system operated by the US
Created by the United States, the Patriot system is used to intercept and destroy incoming cruise missiles and aircraft (Picture: US Department of Defense).

Ukraine has received a military aid package from the Netherlands which includes components and ammunition for the Patriot weapons system.

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Announced by the First Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Pavlyuk on social media, he said Patriot systems were received from the US, Netherlands and Germany.

“Such anti-aircraft systems will allow protection against Russian cruise missiles and UAVs,” Mr Pavlyuk said.

It comes after reports the deal was agreed in January, with a number of anti-aircraft missiles included in the agreement between the Netherlands and Ukraine.

The launchers are not autonomous and therefore have to be integrated into a German or American Patriot battery.

Sau nhiều lần do dự, Mỹ quyết định sẽ cung cấp hệ thống tên lửa phòng không Patriot cho Ukraine

Created by the US, the Patriot system is used to intercept and destroy incoming cruise missiles and aircraft.

The system can track 100 threats from 60 miles away and its missiles cost $3m each.

Tên lửa Patriot sẽ thay đổi cục diện xung đột Ukraine như thế nào | baotintuc.vn

Despite having a long range, they are not primarily designed to defend entire cities.

Ukraine: Patriot missile interceptor system explained.

As well as the Patriot system, the Netherlands will also transfer mobile anti-aircraft gun systems MR-2 (100 units) and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.

In February, the Netherlands’ support for Ukraine reached €1bn, as the country also agreed to transfer Leopard 1 tanks, purchased 45 T-72 tanks for Ukraine, handed over 200 armoured YPR tracked vehicles, Fennek reconnaissance vehicles and Viking tracked vehicles.

The Netherlands is also in the process of handing over two Alkmaar-class minesweepers.

This comes as the US has agreed to send Himars missiles to Ukraine in a new aid package worth $325m.

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