Is the U.S. Patriot Missile Battery Obsolete?

May 18, 2023

By James Grundvig, American Media Periscope

The denial by the Pentagon that a Russian hypersonic missile destroyed a U.S. Patriot anti-air defense missile battery, like previous lies and false narratives, fell apart in 24 hours. Why the denial when a Patriot missile battery was indeed taken out by the Russian hypersonic glide Kinzhal missile?

For the past 15 months, the Pentagon used the fake news churn and fabricated data to lie to the American people, while using mainstream media outlets to report several false stories about the Ukraine-Russia War. The Pentagon Leak exposed the U.S. DoD blizzard of lies and propaganda fanned by corrupt megaphones of the mainstream press. AMP Journal covered the Pentagon Leak in mid-April.

Russian missiles rained down on Kyiv at the start of the week.

According to article:

“A hypersonic missile strike by Russia on Tuesday reportedly hit a US-supplied Patriot air-defense system in Kyiv, CNN has reported, citing an unidentified US official. Washington is assessing the damage to determine whether the battery needs to be pulled back or repaired on-site by Ukrainian forces, the outlet added.

“The report came hours after the Russian Defense Ministry announced that a hypersonic Kinzhal missile strike had destroyed a Patriot base in Kyiv. Tuesday’s strikes also took out Ukrainian troop positions, munitions storage facilities, and Western-supplied weapons, according to a ministry press briefing.”

Naturally, the Pentagon disagreed with the reporting.

What we do know is that many Russian hypersonic missiles struck multiple targets in the Western Ukraine industrial city of Khmelnytskyi. Multiple videos from residents showed the hypersonic missile striking a NATO weapons and ammunition depot deep in Western Ukraine with ease. The ensuing blast put all of Western Ukraine under a radiation alert, as the fireball explosion unleashed the depleted uranium shells to spike “gamma radiation” levels higher than normal over the weekend.

Russia has successfully struck other targets, such as this one in the Odesa region.

Russia is moving, as we have reported on “Unrestricted Truths,” toward a siege of Kyiv. For more than a year, we have stated that Kyiv will reveal the “dark truth,” the evil and sinister plans for the Cabal, the global elites, from the staid arms dealing and money laundering operation to the twisted adrenochrome harvesting and child sex trafficking.

When one comes to terms that 4th Reich elements and hierarchy inside the U.S. DoD are likely run by Satanic pedophiles, just like the CIA, then it becomes easier to understand and grasp the evil we are fighting. It then also explains why Big Tech and Big Media, run by the same vile lizards, continue to provide cover and bear false witness to what is really happening in this world. It also supports President Trump when he laser tagged mainstream media with the “Fake News” label back in 2016.

History of the U.S. Patriot Missile Battery System

In a series of queries that I asked Open AI Chat GPT-4, below is the AI system response to the U.S. Patriot anti-air defense system.

*Note: Emphasis ours. Lightly edited for context and relevance.

From Chat GPT-4:

The U.S. Patriot air defense battery system, commonly known as the Patriot system, is a surface-to-air missile defense system developed and manufactured by the U.S. defense contractor Raytheon. It has played a significant role in the air defense capabilities of the United States and several other countries around the world.

The development of the Patriot system began in the late 1960s as a response to the increasing threat of advanced aircraft and ballistic missiles. The initial concept focused on providing a reliable and effective air defense system to counter Soviet aircraft and tactical ballistic missiles. The system was designed to detect, track, and intercept incoming targets, primarily aircraft and missiles, at a range of up to 160 kilometers (100 miles).

The first version of the Patriot system, known as the MIM-104 Patriot, entered service with the U.S. Army in 1984. It was a significant improvement over previous air defense systems, incorporating advanced radar systems, high-speed missiles, and an integrated command and control system. The Patriot system became widely known during the Gulf War in 1991 when it was deployed to protect U.S. and allied forces from Iraqi Scud missile attacks.

[Comment: No comparison in the speed of technical prowess between Russia’s hypersonic missile in 2023 vs. the 1991 Saddam Scud missiles.]

Over the years, the Patriot system has undergone several upgrades and variants to enhance its capabilities. These upgrades have included improvements in radar technology, missile performance, and software systems, allowing the system to effectively counter evolving threats such as ballistic missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The Patriot system has been used in various conflicts and military operations around the world, including the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the ongoing conflict in Yemen. It has demonstrated its effectiveness in intercepting and destroying enemy missiles and aircraft, making it a crucial component of modern air defense strategies.

Criticism of Patriot System:

While the Patriot system has been praised for its capabilities, it has also faced criticism and controversy. Some reports have questioned its effectiveness against certain types of missiles, and there have been instances where it failed to intercept incoming threats. Additionally, the system has undergone criticism for its high costs and the potential limitations of its radar coverage.

Despite these challenges, the Patriot system remains a vital component of the U.S. and international air defense networks. It continues to evolve and adapt to emerging threats, ensuring the protection of critical assets and personnel from airborne threats.

During the First Gulf War in 1991, the U.S. Patriot anti-air defense system played a significant role in the air defense operations of the United States and its coalition partners. The Patriot system was deployed to protect military installations, bases, and population centers from Iraqi missile attacks, particularly those carried out using Scud ballistic missiles.

The Iraqi regime, under Saddam Hussein, fired a series of Scud missiles at various targets, including cities in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and coalition military bases in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The Scud missiles posed a considerable threat, as they were capable of carrying conventional or chemical warheads and had a range of up to 600 kilometers (370 miles).

Operation Desert Shield 1990:

The U.S. Army deployed several Patriot missile batteries to the region as part of Operation Desert Shield, the buildup of coalition forces in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. The primary objective was to provide a defense against Iraqi missile attacks and protect both military personnel and civilian populations.

The Patriot system’s advanced radar capabilities and missile interceptors made it a crucial asset in countering the Scud missile threat. The system consisted of a phased-array radar, command and control equipment, and interceptor missiles. The radar tracked incoming targets, and the information was processed to determine the trajectory and engage the threat.

During the conflict, the Patriot system was put to the test in real combat situations. Its primary mission was to intercept and destroy incoming Scud missiles in mid-flight, thereby preventing them from reaching their intended targets. The Patriot’s missile interceptors, known as PAC-2 missiles, utilized high-explosive warheads to destroy the incoming missiles.

The performance of the Patriot system during the First Gulf War was widely publicized, and there were reports of successful intercepts. However, there were also controversial incidents where Patriot missiles failed to intercept the Scud missiles, leading to criticism and speculation about the system’s effectiveness.

One notable case was the impact of a Scud missile on a U.S. Army barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on February 25, 1991. The Patriot system had attempted to intercept the incoming missile, but it ultimately failed to do so. The explosion resulted in the loss of 28 American lives and numerous injuries.

In the aftermath of the war, investigations were conducted to analyze the Patriot system’s performance. These evaluations identified technical issues, such as a software problem known as a “Patriot system time error,” which contributed to the failure to intercept certain Scud missiles. The Patriot system was subsequently upgraded to address these deficiencies and improve its capabilities.

Despite the challenges faced during the First Gulf War, the Patriot system’s overall contribution was seen as significant in countering the Iraqi missile threat and providing a level of defense for coalition forces and civilian populations. The experiences gained from that conflict helped in further development and refinement of the Patriot system, making it a more robust air defense system in subsequent years.

Costs of the Patriot System:

The costs of the U.S. Patriot anti-air defense system have varied over the years since 1991 due to multiple factors, including inflation, technology advancements, system upgrades, and the number of units produced and deployed. It’s important to note that the costs can vary depending on the specific configuration, quantity, and any additional support systems or services included.

During the First Gulf War in 1991, the U.S. government allocated significant funds for the deployment of the Patriot system to the Middle East. The exact costs of the system during this period are challenging to determine accurately due to various factors, including the integration of existing systems, upgrades, and support services. However, it is estimated that the average unit cost of a Patriot battery at that time was around $52 million.

In the years following the Gulf War, the Patriot system underwent further upgrades and enhancements, resulting in improved capabilities and increased costs. The most notable upgrade was the introduction of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) variant, which incorporated hit-to-kill technology and enhanced missile performance. The PAC-3 system was developed to counter evolving threats such as tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and advanced aircraft.

The exact costs of the Patriot system can vary based on factors such as the specific configuration and quantity ordered, as well as any additional support systems or services included. However, as of 2021, the estimated unit cost of a Patriot PAC-3 launcher is around $92 million, while the cost of a single PAC-3 missile is approximately $3.4 million. These figures provide a general indication of the costs associated with the system.

It’s important to note that the costs mentioned above are approximate figures and can vary depending on the specific circumstances and agreements between the U.S. government and defense contractors. Additionally, the costs of the Patriot system can be influenced by inflation, research and development expenses, and other factors associated with defense procurement and lifecycle maintenance.

Overall, the costs of the U.S. Patriot anti-air defense system have increased over the years due to technological advancements, system upgrades, and inflation. However, the exact costs can vary depending on specific factors and agreements associated with each procurement.

The U.S. Patriot anti-air defense system has been installed in several countries around the world. However, it’s important to note that specific information regarding the deployment of the Patriot system in 2020 may not be readily available due to security considerations and confidentiality agreements between the United States and its partner countries. Nonetheless, here are some countries where the Patriot system has been deployed historically and could still be operational:

  1. United States: The Patriot system is deployed within the United States to protect critical infrastructure, military installations, and key population centers.
  2. Germany: The United States has deployed Patriot batteries in Germany as part of the NATO alliance for regional defense and deterrence purposes.
  3. Japan: The U.S. has deployed Patriot systems in Japan to provide air defense capabilities and protect against potential threats in the region.
  4. South Korea: The Patriot system has been deployed in South Korea to defend against potential missile threats from North Korea.
  5. Saudi Arabia: The U.S. has provided Patriot batteries to Saudi Arabia to enhance its air defense capabilities and protect vital infrastructure.
  6. Kuwait: The Patriot system has been deployed in Kuwait to provide air defense capabilities and protect against potential missile threats.
  7. United Arab Emirates: The UAE has acquired and deployed the Patriot system to enhance its air defense capabilities.
  8. Israel: Israel operates the Patriot system to bolster its defense capabilities against potential missile threats in the region.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and the deployment of the Patriot system may have evolved or changed since 2020.


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