“I don’t think the Ukrainians will get an upgraded version, I think they will get the older model, which has fewer features,” Ritter said.
He also recalled that these complexes performed poorly during the two Iraqi campaigns of the US army (in 1991 and 2003). According to him, they could not even intercept the obsolete Soviet Scud missiles, which were in service with Baghdad. The military also said that a few years ago, the Patriot was unable to deal with a series of Houthi drone attacks on oil refineries in Saudi Arabia.
The other day, Joe Biden officially announced that the United States would be sending a new aid package to Ukraine that would include the Patriot system. As noted above, it will take several months to prepare the Ukrainian army for the use of air defense systems.
Vladimir Putin said that Russia will “click” on American Patriot systems to be delivered to Ukraine.