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US Secures $4.5 Billion Patriot Missile Deal


Sat 29 Jun 2024 | 07:12 PM
Israa Farhan

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has secured a $4.5 billion contract for Patriot Missile systems, as announced by the Pentagon on Friday.

This extensive multiyear agreement encompasses 870 PAC-3 MSE missiles along with related hardware.

The primary aim of extending production is to enhance the US military's capabilities and support its allies, including Ukraine.

Currently, Kyiv operates at least four Patriot systems provided by the US and Germany.

In May, the Netherlands spearheaded an initiative to deliver an additional air defense battery, urging other nations to contribute constituent parts.

While Spain, Greece, Romania, and Poland possess Patriot systems, they have yet to donate them to Ukraine.

Earlier this year, the Russian Defense Ministry released footage claiming the destruction of one of Ukraine’s Patriot batteries.

Additionally, sources indicated that three US Patriot launchers were destroyed by a tactical missile strike in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

In April, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky requested 25 Patriot units to address the country's defense needs in the ongoing conflict with Russia.

The Kremlin has consistently warned that military supplies from the US and other Western nations will not deter Russia from achieving its objectives but will instead prolong the conflict. 

Moscow asserts that the provision of arms, intelligence sharing, and training of Ukrainian soldiers equates to direct involvement in the conflict by Western countries.

The Financial Times recently reported that the US defense sector is experiencing a temporary surge due to substantial aid packages for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, though sustained growth in the sector is uncertain.