Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed, on Tuesday, that Russia’s production of air defense missiles is twice as high as America’s production of Patriot missiles.
“Practical combat work shows that Russia’s air defense is one of the best in the world,” he said at a meeting with the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov.
He added, “The United States produces, for example, Patriot missiles… Our country produces three times as many of these missiles… even more than three times. As for air defense missiles in general, and for various purposes, Russian production is comparable to the entire world production.”
Surface-to-air missile defense system
Patriot is a surface-to-air missile defense system developed by Raytheon Technologies. It is considered one of the most advanced air defense systems in the US arsenal. It is a mobile system that usually includes a powerful radar, control station, power generator, launch stations and other support vehicles.
The radar range of the Patriot air defense missile system is more than 150 kilometers, and it has different capabilities depending on the type of missile used.-
The cost of a newly produced Patriot kit is more than $1 billion, including $400 million for the system and $690 million for the missiles in the battery, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.--
Patriot works after the radar detects the danger, as it can monitor 50 targets at the same time, and sends a signal to the control room, which assesses the danger and decides to launch missiles via a signal to the platform, as the signal takes only 9 seconds.
The system can also hit its air targets at a range of 160 kilometers, ballistic missiles at a range of 75 kilometers, and its targets can be dropped at a height of between 60 meters and 15 kilometers.
Kyiv had announced its need for more air defense systems to protect against a barrage of missile strikes and drones from the Russian forces.
While the United States has so far provided Ukraine with two pairs of advanced national surface-to-air missile systems “NASAMS”.