It will take several months for Ukraine to master Patriot systems, US says
Patriot SAM (Photo:NDmytriiev/Twitter)
Ukrainian troops will need several months of training before they could operate U.S.-provided Patriot air defense systems, a high-ranking U.S. Department of Defense official told CNN on Dec. 21.
“Patriot does require training, and we expect it will take several months to ensure Ukrainian forces have the training they need to employ it successfully,” the official said.
According to the same source, Patriot will augment Ukraine’s existing short- and medium-range anti-air capabilities from air defense systems the Western partners have committed to equip Kyiv with.
“For air defense, there is no silver bullet; our goal is to help Ukraine strengthen a layered integrated approach to air defense,” CNN quotes the official.
On Dec. 21, the White House confirmed Ukraine will receive a Patriot air defense battery – as part of a $1.85 billion security assistance package
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