Ukrainian troops will begin training to operate Patriot air defense systems as early as next week, CNN reported on Jan. 10, citing Pentagon officials.
According to U.S. Department of Defense, the training will take place at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, last “several months,” and will see around 100 Ukrainian soldiers mastering Patriot systems.
“Once fielded, the Patriot… will contribute to Ukraine’s air defense capabilities, and provide another capability to the Ukrainian people to defend themselves against Russia’s ongoing aerial assaults,” Pentagon press secretary Pat Ryder said at a press briefing.
At the same time, Ryder did not comment on how Germany plans to handle training Ukrainians to use the Patriot battery Berlin pledged to transfer to Kyiv.
On Dec. 21, the White House announced $1.85 billion military aid package for Ukraine, which for the first time included a Patriot air defense battery. According to Pentagon officials, it would take several months for Ukrainian forces to properly train in operating the equipment.