The Pentagon plans to ship to Ukraine Patriot batteries, designed to shoot down missiles enemies, as reported by US officials and media.
The President’s Administration Joe Biden plans to announce the shipment this week, according to the newspaper The New York Times and the chain CNN, in view of the intensification of russian attacks with missiles against key Ukrainian infrastructure.
Two of the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it could be announced Thursday but was awaiting formal approval from the secretary of United States defenseLloyd Austin, and President Joe Biden.
The Pentagon claimed that the recent increase in missile attacks from Russia to Ukraine is designed in part to deplete kyiv’s air defense supplies and ultimately achieve dominance of the country’s skies.
The system patriot it is typically used against more advanced threats such as aircraft, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles, and often includes the launchers along with radar and other support vehicles.
Ukraine’s air defenses have played a key role during the russian invasionBut now that Moscow is intensifying its attacks on energy infrastructure and facing mounting losses on the ground, kyiv has repeatedly pressured other countries, especially the United States, to supply it with the Patriot system.
The us army describe the patriot as his “system of air defense more advanced”.
The first American Patriot system was activated in 1982, but the system was not used in combat until 1991, during the Operation Desert Stormthe international air and ground offensive against the iraqi forces that they had invaded Kuwait.
Patriot has intercepted more than 150 ballistic missiles in combat since 2015, and has also undergone more than 3,000 ground and 1,400 flight tests, according to prime contractor Raytheon.
When Russia started invasion of Ukraine in February, kyiv’s air defenses were largely made up of Soviet-era aircraft and missile systems.
Since then they have considerably increased their anti-aircraft capability. United States provided NASAMS and Germany offered IRIS-Ttwo advanced systems, while older equipment such as the S-300 and HAWK, as well as Stinger missiles, have also been donated.
The United States has provided Ukraine $19.3 billion in military aid since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.
former russian president Dmitry Medvedev has warned the NATO not to deliver Patriot anti-missile defense systems to Ukraine, because it could be seen as an escalation in the conflict.
(With information from AFP and Reuters)
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