Originally published by Military Watch
The U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS) advisory body has warned that Congress is facing issues “in both its legislative and oversight roles” over the deliver of Patriot surface to air missile systems to Ukraine, after the intention to send these systems as part of a $1.85 billion aid package was announced in December. It highlighted that although Patriot systems had been widely speculated to begin deliveries in the first half of 2023, training local repair crews alone would take approximately 53 weeks. “There is a lot of learning to do before Ukraine will have a functioning Patriot system on the ground,” it emphasised. It was previously speculated that U.S. or other NATO service members could man the Patriots after their delivery, as Western personnel have played a very large and growing role in the war effort on the ground, although the Russian Foreign Ministry claimed that it had been assured that the U.S. Military would not have a presence at Patriot sites. The possibility of American military contractors being deployed to man the systems, however, remains significant, although Russia is expected to have far less qualms about targeting sites should foreign personnel present not be serving members in the U.S. Military.
It is expected that only a single Patriot unit will be delivered to Ukraine, raising serious questions regarding how effective it could be in blunting Russian air and missile attacks particularly when considering the system’s questionable combat record in other theatres. CRS stressed that it was still unclear where the Patriot battery would come from, urging lawmakers to examine this issue and warning that the “battery and associated interceptors being sent to Ukraine could be taken from existing army units and stockpiles” in the U.S. Military. “If it is withdrawn from other operational forces, such as U.S. Central Command or U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, transferring the system to Ukraine may create opportunity costs and potential risks in those theatres,” it stated, while supplying a battery from the American mainland “could impede training or modernisation cycles.” The Patriot’s “massive price tag” of were also highlighted in the report, which elaborated that “a newly produced Patriot battery costs about $1.1 billion, including about $400 million for the system and about $690 million for the missiles” with an “estimated to cost about $4 million per missile.” The result of these costs was that certain “restrictions [would] be imposed on what types of hostile systems can be engaged by” Ukrainian-operated Patriots.
Lower end Russian strike drones playing key roles in its strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure and personnel have been fielded with price tags of just a few thousand dollars, while many of its cruise missiles are estimated to cost only around $1 million each. A further issue widely raised regarding Patriot deliveries, although not noted in the CRS report, is that the rapid destruction of a Patriot battery in Ukraine, which Russian President Vladimir Putin personally referred to as an “absolute certainty,” could have serious impacts both on Ukrainian morale and on allies’ confidence in the missile system which is very widely relied on by the U.S. and its allies. The rapid depletion of Ukraine’s air defence network and the very small quantities of Patriots to be delivered means that the system will likely have only limited layers of protection from other air defence systems, which combined with its relatively limited mobility could leave it highly vulnerable. Bolstering Ukraine’s air defences has nevertheless come to be seen as critical as its formerly massive arsenals of Soviet built S-300 and BuK missiles have now grown scarce, with Russian strikes on key infrastructure in particular raising the prospects that Ukraine may need to abandon many of its key cities entirely. This possibility was widely warned of near the end of 2022 in a growing number of Western assessments. Major attacks on infrastructure which began in October are increasingly seen to provide Russia with a quicker means of placing pressure on Kiev and its allies, and thus achieving its objectives more quickly in spite of the significant setbacks it has faced on the battlefield.
MORE ON THE TOPIC:
- Patriot Missiles In Ukraine – NATO’s Bluff Or Real Escalation?
- US Set To Send Ukraine Patriot Missiles In Huge Escalation
- Poland Begrudgingly Accepts Deployment Of German Patriot System
It’s game over for the Ukronazis. If you are a Ukronazi, just capitulate.
Have anyone seen the 3rd army Im getting nervous. He was last seen here on SF proud and healthy, “the best of russian army that would ein the war” Said the description some months ago. He was a good Boy everyone loved him and the comments here where full of complements and Pride… Should i call the Police? Im getting worried something mau happened
dont get nervous, take some Copium pills
Not only for ukro ist over especially for EU/NATO scam, they have been smashed by russians
Another funny strange rustica version.
Yes, it’s quite strange, funny and outdated isn’t it? It’s almost as if patriot missiles are made in the US and not in Russia.
Thats right. But its also about when things arrive.
Never. There won’t be place for them to set there. Nazilensky will be hung down as Mussolini by his owns.
1 year to install. 1 week to destroy and $1bn goes pouuff. Enyoying your Ukraine ride US tax payers?
3 days to win = 1 year of struggling for Russia. Next year will Russia hold?
As ususal the enemy dont understand the american system.
They have elections and by that they elect PMs which decide by budgets. By that the taxpayers has decided about it.
Here You also still dont understand how american capitalisme is. They think that income gab is a good thing. So the poor parts are normal procedure for them.
Being sarcasticRutica could retreat from Ukraine and save a lot of that money and own too..
Your fragmented comments once again appear to be caused by schizophrenia. Ask your doctor for another injection.
Russian military is so lousy that Patriot missiles are irrelevant.
MOSCOW, January 2./. Russia’s Armed Forces hit the so-called Ukrainian Foreign Legion’s temporary deployment points in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and in the Kharkov Region, killing more than 70 foreign mercenaries, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Monday.
“The Russian Aerospace Forces delivered high-precision strikes on temporary deployment points of the Foreign Legion near Markovo and Kramatorsk in the Donetsk People’s Republic and Novoosinovo in the Kharkov Region, killing more than 70 foreign mercenaries and injuring over 100 more,” Konashenkov reported.
Hope you are happy enough to read and listen wishful thinking fulled ideas of Andrei Martyanov, Andrei Raevsky, Larry Johnson, Mac Gregor and few other pro Rooskie “experts” next 12 months because they are only keep your faith and hopes high when the grim reality of Russian operation is nothing but endless failuries and shortcomings of poorly trained, led and fueled RF military. Your fav military can be compared to that RF of 1904-5 and 1914-18. Not Red Army of 1944-45.
Red Army was a great failure even in 1944-1945. Remember the two Guard Tanks Armies lost in Berlin at once?!
You yankeez coped in Korea, coped in Vietnam, Afghanistan etc… now cope again, come on now… it’s not that embarrassing. Not yet.
NATO or US servicemen manning the Patriots on Ukrainian soil make them unlawful combatants and legitimate targets.
nato been killing Russians on mass. Russia scared
If true its correct unless they are employed of the Ukrainian state.
By 2024 if Ukrainians haven’t surrendered they will have even run out of firewood for heating and cooking and half the population will become refugees. It will be worse than NATO’s regime change Syrain civil war plot.
Russian can’t push them back lol
I dont think we can do anything else. And we do Our best to compensate Ukras.
I see the regimes in Syria very well. Hard to see the Russian succes as well. 10 mio are not even in the country supporting none of the competants. BUT Assads are reduced in power as well as terrain.
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 In other words a big nothing burger from the US
Russian pushing? No they been stopped by Ukrainians farmers lol
Ukrainian farmers are like the Ghost of Kiev and posthumous defenders of Snake Island.
Making additional income consistently from home more than $26k surely with the asset of the utilization of doing smooth reproduction and glue like on-line interest. I really have gotten $18636 from this perfect home revenue Everyone can now makes additional money online with out issue
with the asset of the utilization of——
Kneepads baby, rake in the dough.
Ukraine holding the Russian magog back without them
American technology (the weapons) is poor, the Patriots have been used by the Saudis with a big failure against Yemeni missiles and drones. They are of no use. Ukraine is already dead.
Because Patriots are designed to destroy airplanes and helicopters at best, not rockets and drones.
There is the Arrow system but nobody talks about it. I wonder why…
Thats right. Even its upgraded to more its not perfect for everything comming. It has chances.
Oh, the Arrow 3 is capable of destroying even satellites. 😁 Why? Why? Why? Why the Patriot useless crap so old and feeble and obsolete but not the Arrow system?
I don’t know the Arrow versions. I understand that the Patriot, in its various versions, is the most sophisticated American anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapon. They have some notable flaws. For example, a German Patriot battery in Turkey has been hacked! Not only that, I understand that they work at high altitudes (azimuth) they cannot hit low or very low flying drones or airplanes.
LEARN about Arrow.
Stop believing what You are told. it is a pathetic, miserable lie.
You have to compare with nothing.
We won? Not yet? WTF?!
Because it is a damned scam war, that’s why.
Even Greta is not against the war as if it would be good for environment….
Have we all cum in my ass yet? If not what are you guys waiting for?
Patriot is crap.
Arrow is much better.
Why no word about Arrow? _______________________________
Go to hell, WEF! We don’t need your rule, management or government.
A single Patriot battery requires months of training, and 100 or so servicemen to man it. These systems are very expensive, and the missiles are complex and require hand assembly at the factory. The U.S. doesn’t have a lot of missiles they can just piss away on this complicated system, since the missiles are difficult to produce. There is no way in hell the average Ukraine soldier is going to be able to operate it. Where are they going to get trained on this system. Maybe in Europe, but the best training is here in the U.S.
And is good just against aircraft.
So there are needed other means to defend these Patriotă against drones and rockets. An entire sistem.
“A further issue widely raised regarding Patriot deliveries, although not noted in the CRS report, is that the rapid destruction of a Patriot battery in Ukraine, which Russian President Vladimir Putin personally referred to as an “absolute certainty,” could have serious impacts both on Ukrainian morale and on allies’ confidence in the missile system which is very widely relied on by the U.S. and its allies.”
This expensive garbage produced by the snaggle-toothed USSAN demons for Pentacon Kill IndUStrie$ Inc. can’t stop the fun loving Houthi Brothers fireworks in Saudi Barbaria or the gallant freedom fighters’ bottle rockets against the khaZar monster in apartheid, occupied Palestine. These “patriot$” are a joke and nobody knows that better than the clowns that are selling them. The last thing they want is to see this garbage fried in rump Ukrapland now that the main strike and end approaches.
And US person helping Fagboy Zelensky is a YankSkank!