US to provide its key Patriot missile defence system to Ukraine

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The United States has announced on 21 December that it would provide its key Patriot missile defence system to Ukraine. 

Important facts

  • The White House stated that the Patriot missile system would be part of another 1.85 billion dollars in aid to Ukraine.

  • The package also includes military vehicles, mortars, ammunition for HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems), and small arms.

  • The aid announcement comes at a time when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is on a visit to Washington to strengthen military ties between the two countries.

About Patriot missile system

  • It is a surface-to-air guided missile system that was first deployed in the 1980s.

  • It can target aircraft, cruise missiles and short-range ballistic missiles.

  • Each Patriot battery consists of a truck-mounted launching system with eight launchers that can hold up to four missile interceptors each, a ground radar, a control station and a generator.

  • Patriot batteries can also shoot down aircraft. 

  • In military circles this weapon system is seen as a protective shield, which protects the population, soldiers or even buildings from incoming fire.

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