US mulls sending Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine

11/29/22

A Ukrainian MLRS, or Multiple Launch Rocket System, takes a position on the frontline at an undisclosed location in the Donetsk region on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.

The U.S. government is mulling sending the Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine to help bolster its air defenses against an ongoing barrage of Russian strikes, a senior U.S. defense official told reporters. 

“All capabilities are on the table,” the official said when asked if the Biden administration was considering sending Patriot batteries to Ukraine. “Patriot is one of the air defense capabilities that is being considered along with all others.” 

Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder later told reporters that the Department of Defense (DOD) is discussing “a wide variety of capabilities and support with Ukraine,” regarding the country’s defense needs.  

“Air defense continues to be a top priority for DOD and for the international community when it comes to supporting Ukraine,” he added. “In terms of any type of Patriot battery from the U.S., right now we have no plans to provide Patriot batteries to Ukraine but again, we’ll continue to have those discussions.”

Since the start of Russia’s attack on Ukraine in February, Kyiv has repeatedly called for more Western air defense systems along with other weapons and equipment to help keep Kremlin missile and drone strikes at bay. 

The U.S. and other NATO countries have steadily poured such weapons into the country — including the recent shipment of the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System to Ukraine earlier this month — but Kyiv’s government is requesting more advanced systems that can shoot down bigger threats from further away. 

Patriots, made by U.S. firm Raytheon, are the most advanced surface-to-air missile defense systems NATO has in its repertoire, as they are meant to track and take out incoming ballistic and cruise missiles and aircraft. 

“We are looking at all the possible capabilities that could help the Ukrainians withstand Russian attacks,” the senior official said. “All the capabilities are on the table, and we are looking at what the United States can do, we’re looking at what our allies and partners can do, and looking at combinations of capabilities that would be useful.”   

5 comments

  1. I ask myself; what is there to mull over? There are people dying and civilian infrastructure is being destroyed, for Christ’s sake!
    Well, at least we’re at this stage. We’ll see if we can get to the next one.

    • From the beginning NATO wanted Putin to destroy Ukraine quickly but then Ukraine fought back and now NATO is playing catch up and mulling whether or not they want Ukraine to win and deal with the consequences.
      If they truly wanted Ukraine to win they would have emptied the warehouses asap. Now we even hear about what a bother Ukraine is because we need to start arming Taiwan.

      • I also have no doubts that certain NATO members were hoping for a quick defeat for Ukraine. I think we all can guess who they are. Needless to say, it would be great to see their country being attack so ferociously as Ukraine. I wouldn’t give a rat’s ass.

  2. I believe certain countries in NATO wanted Ukraine to fail, most just thought they would. I’m glad Ukraine proved all of them wrong. Several NATO countries have always believed in Ukraine and their tenacity. (We all know whom those are) The Taiwan deal is over equipment already promised but now being delayed. Several items on Taiwan’s order can be left on back order for now and not put them at higher risk IMO. Ukraine deserves all the help, support, and equipment we can give. We must continue to demand it be given and remain top priority regardless of politics.

    • I agree, Bill. Taiwan is not at war, and it won’t be for the foreseeable future. The surrounding waters will prevent any Chink invasion for now. While Ukraine IS at war and a very terrible one at that. We must get our priorities straight for once. This constant dawdling around is sickening.

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