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  • US starts to pull Patriot missiles from Turkey at critical time

    10/09/2015 9:47:20 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 66 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Friday,October 9 2015 | HATAY - Doğan News Agency
    The U.S. has started to pull its Patriot missiles stationed in Turkey, despite a recent appeal from Ankara to its NATO allies to keep the air and missile defense units at a delicate time on the border with Syria. Patriot missiles were initially deployed at the Gaziantep 5th Armored Brigade Command in southeastern Turkey after the country appealed to its NATO allies to guard against rockets from Syria.
  • Qatar spends big on American choppers and missiles

    07/15/2014 3:49:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 07/14/2014 | By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    Qatar, the world’s top liquefied natural gas exporter, is using its gas money to cash in on some top-of-the-line U.S. supplied military hardware. Qatar’s defense minister, Hamad Bin Ali al-Attiyah, met with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and signed acceptance letters for $11 billion worth of Apache attack helicopters, Patriot missile defense batteries and anti-tank Javelin missiles, the Pentagon said in a statement Monday. “Today’s signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations,” said Rear Adm....
  • Patriots and F-16s Deployment to Jordan: A beachead or UmbrellaI?

    07/05/2013 4:04:37 PM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Defense Updatee ^ | June17, 2013
    Patriots and F-16s Deployment to Jordan: A beachead or UmbrellaI? The U.S. Positions Patriot Missiles, F-16 Fighter at Bases Jets in Jordan U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved a request from the Kingdom of Jordan to keep a detachment of F-16s and Patriot Missiles in Jordan following the conclusion of Exercise ‘Eager Lion’ taking place in the Kingdom this month. Eager Lion is held annually training a coalition of air forces in irregular warfare. This year the exercise more than 8,000 service members from about 19 countries participated in the exercise, running from June 9 to 20. “All other...
  • U.S. to Keep Warplanes in Jordan, Pressing Syria

    06/15/2013 7:45:07 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 15, 2013 | MICHAEL R. GORDON and THOM SHANKER
    WASHINGTON — Ratcheting up the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, the United States will keep American warplanes and antimissile batteries in Jordan, officials said Saturday. The decision, which came at the request of Jordan, means that a detachment of American F-16 warplanes and Patriot missile-defense systems would remain in Jordan after a military exercise there concludes next week. The move followed President Obama’s decision last week to send arms to Syrian rebels and came as efforts were being made on multiple fronts on Saturday to increase the pressure on the government. In Cairo, President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt...
  • White House: No Plans for No-Fly Zone Over Syria

    06/15/2013 2:59:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/6/13 | Elad Benari
    The White House said on Friday that it is not planning to set up a no-fly zone over Syria. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters that it would be dramatically more difficult and costly to set up a no-fly zone over Syria than it was in Libya. "We feel like the best course of action is to try to strengthen a moderate opposition," Rhodes said. He said the United States did not want to send U.S. troops - or "boots on the ground" - to Syria, adding that enforcing a no-fly zone over the country could require intense,...
  • U.S. Military Plan to Arm Rebels Includes No-Fly Zone in Syria

    06/13/2013 2:14:50 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    U.S. Military Plan to Arm Rebels Includes No-Fly Zone in Syria WASHINGTON—A U.S. military proposal for arming Syrian rebels also calls for a limited no-fly zone inside Syria that would be enforced from Jordanian territory to protect Syrian refugees and rebels who would train there, according to U.S. officials. Asked by the White House to develop options for Syria, military planners have said that creating an area to train and equip rebel forces would require keeping Syrian aircraft well away from the Jordanian border. To do that, the military envisages creating a no-fly zone stretching up to 25 miles into...
  • U.S. Puts Jets in Jordan, Fuels Russian Fear of Syria No-Fly Zone

    06/15/2013 6:27:18 PM PDT · by kristinn · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, June 15, 2013 | Oliver Holmes
    The United States said on Saturday it would keep F-16 fighters and Patriot missiles in Jordan at Amman's request, and Russia bristled at the possibility they could be used to enforce a no-fly zone inside Syria. Washington, which has long called for President Bashar al-Assad to step down, pledged military support to Syrian rebels this week, citing what it said was the Syrian military's use of chemical weapons - an allegation Damascus has denied. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved a Jordanian request for American F-16s and Patriot missiles to remain in the Western-backed kingdom after a joint military exercise...
  • Pentagon Blackout: “Large American Military Force” Deployed to Syrian Border

    06/05/2013 4:48:31 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 34 replies ^ | June 5, 2013 | Marc Slavo
    The catalyst for the next great war will likely occur somewhere in the middle east. The Americans know this. As do the Russians and the Chinese. And as with the last two ‘great wars,’ the groundwork is being laid well ahead of time. A large American military force disembarked Tuesday, June 4, at the southern Jordanian port of Aqaba – ready for deployment on the kingdom’s Syrian border, DEBKAfile’s exclusive military sources report. The force made its way north along the Aqaba-Jerash-Ajilon mountain road bisecting Jordan from south to north, under heavy Jordanian military escort. Our sources disclose that this...
  • [USS] Kearsarge ARG and 26 MEU Begin Eager Lion [Jordan]

    06/14/2013 5:13:17 PM PDT · by jjotto · 10 replies
    America's Navy ^ | 6/11/2013 | USS Kearsarge Public Affairs
    AQABA, Jordan (NNS) -- The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSG ARG) and embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) commenced their participation in Exercise Eager Lion 2013, June 9. Eager Lion is a multilateral exercise held annually in Jordan, and is a continued effort to support military-to-military partnerships and enhance security and stability in the region. "International exercises like these are important because they strengthen ties and promote interoperability between countries," said Amphibious Squadron Four commodore, Capt. Brad Skillman. "We are delighted to be working with our JAF long-time partners and we are looking forward to a valuable,...
  • Jordan wargames: Patriot batteries, F-16s and 4,500 US troops near Syrian border

    06/14/2013 6:03:46 PM PDT · by ncfool · 18 replies
    RT.Com ^ | June 13, 2013 | unknown
    Multinational military exercise 'Eager Lion' has been launched in Jordan amid condemnation from neighboring Syria and its ally Russia. The US brings Patriot missile batteries to the Syrian border, which could remain deployed afterwards. The exercises will last for 12 days, bringing together about 8,000 personnel from 19 countries, mostly Arabic, but also including the US and Europe. The maneuvers will also involve some 3,000 Jordanian and 500 British troops.
  • US troops on Syria border as Obama arms rebels

    06/14/2013 4:31:30 PM PDT · by mykroar · 137 replies
    The Times Middle East ^ | 6/14/2013 | The Times Middle East
    Three hundred US Marines have been deployed to northern Jordan to pave the way for the West to arm Syrian rebels. A Patriot anti-aircraft missile system, designed to protect Jordanian territory from attack by Assad missiles, has also been moved into the area.
  • US Patriot (missile batteries) Relocate from Gulf to Jordan: Israel & Turkey Pool Syria Intelligence

    04/28/2013 10:37:14 AM PDT · by drewh · 4 replies
    Devbafiles ^ | April 29, 2013 AST
    Israel and Turkey agreed last week to start pooling their incoming intelligence on the Syrian civil war, intelligence sources report exclusively. Exchanges will take place at the highest level between Mossad Director Tamir Pardo and Hakan Fidan, head of Turkey’s MIT. The United States will also provide additional security for Syria’s southern neighbor by the relocation of US Patriot missile interceptors from West Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to northern Jordan opposite the Syrian border. The new Patriot deployment indicates that the Obama administration is now treating the peril to its allies from Syria as greater than the Iranian menace. Things...
  • Large US Marine Force Lands In Aqaba to Deploy On Jordanian-Syrian Border

    06/05/2013 4:55:05 PM PDT · by drewh · 73 replies
    Debka ^ | June 5, 2013, 8:06 (IDT)
    A large American military force disembarked Tuesday, June 4, at the southern Jordanian port of Aqaba - ready for deployment on the kingdom’s Syrian border, Exclusive military sources report. The force made its way north along the Aqaba-Jerash-Ajilon mountain road bisecting Jordan from south to north, under heavy Jordanian military escort. Our sources disclose that this American force numbers 1,000 troops, the largest to land in Jordan since the Syrian civil war erupted in March 2012. They are members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Force carried aboard the USS Kearsage amphibious assault ship, which has been anchored off neighboring Israeli...
  • U.S. to send Patriot missiles, F-16s to Jordan

    06/04/2013 7:14:04 AM PDT · by kimtom · 7 replies ^ | June 3, 2013 | UPI staff
    WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- Deployment of a Patriot missile battery and F-16 fighter jets to Jordan was approved over the weekend, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said. Delivery of the weaponry, as part of a multinational training exercise, was approved by U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, CNN said Monday, noting a broader message is being sent. "In order to enhance the defensive posture and capacity of Jordan, some of these assets may remain beyond the exercise at the request of the government of Jordan," said Lt. Col. T.G. Taylor, a spokesman at the U.S. Central Command. ..
  • U.S. to send Patriot missiles, F-16s to Jordan for drill

    06/03/2013 9:08:24 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 24 replies
    Al-Arabia ^ | 3 June 2013 | Anon
    The United States will send a Patriot missile battery and F-16 fighters to Jordan for a drill and may keep them there to counter the threat posed by Syria’s civil war, U.S. officials said Monday. “In order to enhance the defensive posture and capacity of Jordan ....
  • Diplomats: Jordan OKs U.S. Use of Bases

    01/30/2003 10:28:19 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 32 replies · 447+ views
    ABC News ^ | 1/30/03
    Jordan has agreed to base U.S. troops in the kingdom and to allow the United States to use Jordanian airspace if Washington launches a war against Iraq, Jordanian-based diplomats said Thursday. Also, the United States will provide Jordan with three anti-missile batteries in advance of any attack on Iraq, Jordanian officials said.The diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the U.S. troop presence initially would be limited to search and rescue operations but could expand in the course of any war to include attack forces against Western Iraq from along the Jordanian border.There is strong resistance to a U.S.-led...
  • Nato deploying Patriot missiles (and US troops) to Turkey-Syria border

    01/04/2013 10:27:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/4/13 | BBC
    Nato has begun to deploy Patriot missiles to Turkey to help Turkish troops repel attacks by missiles or aircraft from neighbouring Syria. The US European Command said its troops and equipment had started arriving in southern Turkey, and more would arrive in the coming days. Germany and the Netherlands are preparing to ship their Patriot batteries early next week. The six battery units are scheduled to be operational by the end of January. Nato approved the deployment of the surface-to-air missiles early last month, after a request from Turkey, amid "grave concerns" that Syria could use chemical weapons. Syria has...
  • Finland says ship can sail again, without missiles (and 160 tons of explosives & its captain)

    12/26/2011 1:38:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/26/11 | AP
    HELSINKI (AP) — A British-registered ship that was held in a Finnish port after authorities discovered 69 surface-to-air missiles and 160 tons of explosives onboard has permission to travel again, but without those materials or its captain, a port official said Monday. The M/S Thor Liberty was headed to China and had docked in the southern Finnish port of Kotka to pick up anchor chains when police last week discovered and seized the missiles and explosive piric acid on board. The Patriot missiles were an official shipment from Germany to South Korea, while Finnish authorities said the explosives were a...
  • Finland 'finds Patriot missiles' on China-bound ship

    12/21/2011 3:22:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/21/11 | BBC
    The Finnish authorities have impounded an Isle of Man-flagged ship bound for China with undeclared missiles and explosives, officials say. Police are questioning the crew of the MS Thor Liberty after what were described as 69 Patriot anti-missile missiles were found aboard. Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen said the missiles were marked "fireworks". The MS Thor Liberty had docked in the Finnish port of Kotka after leaving Germany last week. Dock workers became suspicious after finding explosives poorly stored on open pallets, and the missiles were then found in containers marked "fireworks". The managing director of the ship's owner, Thorco Shipping,...
  • Poland to unveil US Patriots missile batteries on May 26

    05/18/2010 4:55:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 201+ views
    Focus News ^ | 5/17/2010 | AFP via Focus News
    Poland will unveil its first US Patriot-type missiles battery at a military base in the northern town of Morag on May 26, a Polish defence ministry spokesman said Tuesday, AFP reports. "Ceremonies associated with the first rotation of the Patriot missile battery will be held Wednesday, May 26, in Morag", spokesman Janusz Sejmej said in a statement. Asked by AFP, the defence ministry's press service declined Tuesday to provide further details. The Polish military base at Morag, in the Mazurian Lakes region, is some 250 kilometres (150 miles) north of Warsaw and just 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the border...
  • Poland to receive first US missiles in May

    05/02/2010 9:40:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 350+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 4/21/2010 | Space Daily
    The first-ever battery of US Patriot missiles to be deployed in Poland will arrive in late May, defence ministry spokesman Janusz Sejmej told AFP on Wednesday. "Following preparations and consultations, the first deployment of a battery of anti-missile Patriots will start around May 24 in Morag," Sejmej said. The Polish military base at Morag, in the Mazurian Lakes region, is some 250 kilometres (150 miles) north of Warsaw and just 60 kilometres (40 kilometres) from the border with Russia's Kaliningrad territory. Sejmej refused to say how long the deployment would last, but said it was "temporary". In February, Poland ratified...
  • US to deploy defensive missiles on Russia's doorstep

    01/21/2010 12:41:29 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies · 830+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/20/2010 | AFP via Space War
    The United States will deploy Patriot-type surface-to-air missiles in northern Poland some 60 kilometres (35 miles) from Russia's Kaliningrad territory, Poland's defence minister said Wednesday. "Morag was chosen as the location long ago, but we didn't make it public," Bogdan Klich said, quoted by Poland's PAP news agency. He insisted the choice of the site close to Kaliningrad had "no political or strategic meaning -- its good infrastructure is the only reason." Home to a Polish military base, Morag could see the Patriot missiles arrive as soon as late March or early April, Klich said. On December 11, Poland and...
  • Is American Air Power on the Verge of Collapse?

    02/04/2009 8:38:43 AM PST · by pobeda1945 · 44 replies · 1,886+ views
    Defence Insights ^ | February 2, 2009
    The Australian think-tank, Air Power Australia (APA), has released another in their series of techno-strategy papers, this time analysing the advancements in Russian-built Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS) (, and what it means in global strategic terms for the Americans. The APA report is direct and unequivocal – Russian radar and missiles have improved to the point where the US fleet of F-15s, F-16s and F/A-18s, as well as the planned Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), are not capable of surviving against these systems and unless the Americans build another four hundred-plus F-22s, they will lose the strategic advantage they have...
  • Poland says U.S. shield deal hinges on Patriots

    07/12/2008 1:47:55 PM PDT · by lizol · 12 replies · 80+ views
    Retuers ^ | Fri Jul 11, 2008 | Gareth Jones and Nerijus Adomaitis
    Poland says U.S. shield deal hinges on Patriots Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:17pm BST WARSAW/VILNIUS (Reuters) - Poland is insisting on the permanent stationing of a U.S. Patriot battery on its soil as a condition for hosting part of a anti-missile defence shield, its defence minister was quoted as saying on Friday. Washington wants to install 10 interceptor missiles in Poland, a NATO ally, as part of the shield project, which aims to protect the United States and its allies from attack by so-called "rogue states" and terrorist groups. In return, Warsaw wants hefty U.S. investments to upgrade its air...
  • Source: Israel deploys Patriot missiles fearing Hezbollah strike

    02/18/2008 8:32:42 AM PST · by · 6 replies · 73+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Feb. 18, 2008 | Yoav Stern and Barak Ravid
    Israel has deployed a battery of U.S.-made Patriot air defense missiles near the northern port city of Haifa as part of precautions against a possible attack by Lebanon's Hezbollah in response to the assassination last week of the group's top commander Imad Mughniyah, Israeli security officials said Monday. The officials said the battery was put on standby Sunday for the first time since Israel's month-long war with Hezbollah in the summer of 2006, when the Lebanese guerrillas fired nearly 4,000 rockets into northern Israel. Patriot batteries were first deployed in Israel during the 1991 Gulf War, but they failed to...
  • U.S. Offers to Sell Patriot Missiles to Japan

    08/24/2006 7:28:46 PM PDT · by jdm · 12 replies · 419+ views
    NewsMax ^ | August 24, 2006
    The United States has offered to sell Tokyo up to 80 advanced Patriot interceptor missiles to boost its defenses following North Korea's missile tests last month, news reports said Thursday. The PAC-3 Patriot missiles are to be delivered to a Japanese military base in March 2007, speeding up the planned development of missiles in the country by at least a year, Kyodo News agency and public broadcaster NHK said. The reports come a day after the top U.S. commander in the Pacific said Japan and the U.S. planned to work closely to develop a joint missile shield to defend against...
  • Iran, N. Korea spur PAC-3 missile demand: Lockheed

    08/23/2006 7:00:53 PM PDT · by jdm · 9 replies · 1,273+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 23, 2006 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fears of North Korea and Iran seem to be spurring broad interest in Patriot PAC-3 missile upgrades, an executive of Lockheed Martin Corp., the prime contractor, said on Wednesday. The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile is described by the company as the world's top defense against tactical ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear, chemical or germ weapons as well as cruise missiles and aircraft. Nine nations have bought a version of the Patriot air defense system that entered production in 1980 -- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Japan, Taiwan, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel and Spain. Raytheon Co. is...
  • 3 Patriot batteries stationed in Haifa

    07/15/2006 11:25:25 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 13 replies · 543+ views
    Y Net News ^ | July 15, 2006 | Hanan Greenberg
    The IDF has stationed three Patriot anti-ballistic missile batteries in Haifa Saturday, aimed at intercepting missiles launched at the area. Two of the batteries were deployed Saturday morning, and the third one was placed in the area in the afternoon. Patriot missiles were stationed across the country for the last time in 2003 during the Iraq War. The American-made Patriot batteries are part of Israel’s antiaircraft defense system. The Patriot system, which was initially designed to serve as an air defense platform, later assumed the role of an anti-ballistic system. The Patriot is still in use in Israel, and the...
  • Japan deploys Patriots near Tokyo to guard against N. Korean strike

    05/28/2005 10:15:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 56 replies · 1,159+ views
    East-Asia-Intel ^ | 05/29/05 | Bill Gertz
    Japan deploys Patriots near Tokyo to guard against N. Korean strike  One of the Patriot (PAC-3) missile air defense artillery brigades would be deployed at Fuchu Air Base in Tokyo. The new Patriot missiles can intercept and destroy ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and enemy aircraft. Japan is preparing to deploy Patriot-3 missiles at its military base in the Tokyo metropolitan area to intercept any ballistic missiles from neighboring North Korea. The unit must be located near Tokyo because their maximum intercept range and altitude is 30 kilometers, giving them only seconds to intercept ballistic missiles headed toward one of...
  • Pakistan warns US against selling Patriots to India

    02/24/2005 2:15:52 PM PST · by milestogo · 37 replies · 830+ views
    Pakistan warns US against selling Patriots to India ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Wednesday that any move by India to buy US-made Patriot missiles would plunge the region into crisis and threaten an ongoing peace process between the nuclear-armed rivals. Foreign Ministry spokesman Masood Khan said Islamabad, a frontline ally in what the US calls its global “war against terrorism”, had conveyed its concern to Washington over New Delhi’s interest in the anti-ballistic missile system. “This is our stance — that this step would be counterproductive, this would erode deterrence, that this would send our region into crisis mode,” Khan told...
  • Panic Grips Pakistani Generals as US Proposes Patriot Missiles to India

    02/20/2005 7:23:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies · 856+ views
    South Asia Tribune ^ | 20/2/05 | Syed Saleem Shahzad
    Panic Grips Pakistani Generals as US Agrees to Sell Patriot Missiles to India By Syed Saleem Shahzad Special to the South Asia Tribune KARACHI, February 20: Panic has almost broken out in the Strategic and Planning Division of Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi as in the next 24 hours a top level team of US technical experts will land in New Delhi to brief Indian defence experts on US Patriot Advanced Capability-2 Anti-Ballistic Missile System which could shoot down any of the Pakistani nuclear missiles. New Delhi made its first request to the US for this defence system...
  • Spain acquires Patriot missiles to boost defenses

    12/12/2004 8:31:17 AM PST · by knighthawk · 20 replies · 456+ views
    The Star Online ^ | December 12 2004
    MADRID, Spain (AP) - Spain has agreed to acquire a second-hand battery of U.S.-made Patriot missiles to boost its defenses, the government said Sunday. Spain's Socialist government will buy the weapons from Germany, fulfilling an accord undertaken by its conservative predecessor, according to a statement from Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's office. The purchase was approved at a Cabinet meeting on Friday but not widely reported until Sunday. At a NATO summit in 2002 in Prague, Spain's then-conservative government committed to acquiring a capability to shoot down ballistic missiles "because the appearance of these has become one of the...
  • America offers Patriot missile system to India

    10/15/2004 6:51:45 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 9 replies · 494+ views ^ | October 16, 2004 |
    Indicating that the Indo-US strategic partnership is blooming, the United States has offered to sell its Patriot missile defence system to India. Highly placed sources say the offer was made during the discussions between US and Indian officials on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September. The Patriot is an air-defence system which can defeat both attack aircraft and tactical ballistic missiles. Sources say the sale of the Patriot may be linked to India getting on board the National Missile Defence (NMD) as it can also be integrated into the broader NMD framework. While India is said...
  • Chinese reporters expelled from Athens. Caught Photographing Patriot Missle sites

    08/12/2004 6:51:49 PM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 23 replies · 1,227+ views
    AntenaTV News | 8/12/2004 | AntenaTV news
    Just reported on AntenaTV. One of the satelite TV channels recieved in the USA. Chinese reporters were arrested for photographing patriot missile batteries control areas. Greek security has established "secure zones" relating to security which are forbiden for any reporters to cover. These are control areas, and areas relating to security and counter terrorism. The Chinese were not the only reporters caught. Greek security reported that they were in a forbidden zone and when caught and confronted they suddenly went "stupid". (forgive the transaltion is not exact, essentially the chinese reporter though by acting stupid the security would be fooled...
  • Air and Missile Defense: Operation Iraqi Freedom

    01/06/2004 7:10:14 PM PST · by xzins · 16 replies · 2,090+ views
    Army Magazine ^ | Jan 04 | Col. Charles A. Anderson
    Col. Charles A. Anderson During Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), America once again placed its trust and confidence in Patriot soldiers, as it had during Operation Desert Storm, to protect the force from ballistic missile attack. At the end of OIF, however, there was no acrimonious debate as there was at the end of Operation Desert Storm about Patriot's performance. In the maelstrom of combat, Patriot answered any question about its lethality against tactical ballistic missiles. Out ahead or keeping pace with the Patriot units on the contested highways leading toward Baghdad, air defense artillery (ADA) Avengers, Bradley Linebackers and forward...
  • Space, Missile Defense Essential To Defense, Rumsfeld Says

    12/10/2003 4:39:04 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 9 replies · 144+ views
    DoD - American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec. 10, 2003 | Gerry J. Gilmore
    Space, Missile Defense Essential To Defense, Rumsfeld Says By Gerry J. GilmoreAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2003 – Defending America, its overseas military and its allies from ballistic missiles laden with weapons of mass destruction "is now America's highest priority," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld noted today. In prepared remarks provided by video feed to attendees of an Association of the United States Army-sponsored space and missile defense symposium in El Paso, Texas, Rumsfeld noted that some rogue states that sponsor terrorism "either have or are working hard to acquire nuclear, chemical or biological weapons of mass...
  • CMC facing U.S. charges of fraud

    05/06/2003 11:29:59 PM PDT · by WaterDragon · 6 replies · 207+ views
    Ottawa Business Journal ^ | May 6, 2003 | staff
    Montreal's CMC Electronics Inc., which has significant Ottawa operations, offered little substantial comment Monday on allegations that it defrauded the U.S. government on a contract to supply parts for the Patriot Missile system. Company spokeswoman Janka Dvornik said CMC would respond in due course through its lawyers. In the meantime she said details of the case could not be discussed. On Friday a lawsuit was unveiled against the former Canadian Marconi in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, N.J. The suit alleges CMC supplied used radio equipment to the U.S. Army as part of its Patriot Missile program in Saudi...
  • Verdict out on Patriot performance, but friendly fire kills a problem

    04/28/2003 8:52:41 AM PDT · by bedolido · 15 replies · 433+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 04/23/03 | HANS GREIMEL
    At this stage in the 1991 Gulf War, the Patriot missile was a celebrated war hero credited with countless kills of Iraqi rockets. Only later was it learned that Patriots downed Scuds no more than four times in 47 firings. This time, the Patriots have blasted more than 10 missiles but are being branded one of the biggest letdowns of the war. The problem: The missile system also shot down two allied jet fighters. "Obviously the biggest technological disappointment is the Patriot," said John Pike, a defense analyst with "Those are the only two airplanes that Patriots have ever...
  • The Patriot's fratricide record

    04/25/2003 8:15:10 AM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 51 replies · 422+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- In his last e-mail message home before he died, 30-year-old Navy pilot Lt. Nathan White described the challenges his F/A-18C would face over Iraq. One of his top concerns was avoiding American Patriot air defense missiles.</p>
  • Most Intercepts Of Iraqi Rockets Were By Older Patriot Missiles

    04/24/2003 6:29:46 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 3 replies · 373+ views
    Inside The Pentagon | April 24, 2003 | Elaine M. Grossman
    CAMP DOHA, KUWAIT -- All but two of nine U.S. and Kuwaiti Patriot intercepts of Iraqi missiles over a 13-day period beginning March 20 were performed by Guidance Enhanced Missiles, or GEMs, introduced into the fleet seven years ago, according to Army Brig. Gen. Howard Bromberg, commanding general of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command. Just two rockets Iraq launched were shot down by brand new Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles. Most engaged missiles were Al-Samoud and Ababil-100 surface-to-surface rockets fired from southern Iraq towards Kuwait, often operating on the outer limits of their approximately 90-mile maximum range,...
  • Patriot May Mistake Aircraft For Missile In Combat's Electronic Glut

    04/24/2003 6:27:22 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 2 replies · 215+ views
    Inside The Pentagon | April 24, 2003 | Elaine M. Grossman
    CAMP DOHA, KUWAIT -- The coalition's top commander for air defense says the glut of electronic signatures on the modern battlefield may make it more difficult for the Patriot interceptor system to distinguish aircraft from missiles. A U.S. Patriot battery downed a British Tornado fighter March 23 near the Kuwaiti border, killing the two-man aircrew. Two days later, an American F-16 aircraft fired a HARM anti-radar missile on a Patriot radar south of An Najaf after the radar tracked the fighter. And a Patriot system is believed responsible for shooting down an F/A-18 on April 2 near Karbala, according to...
  • US soldiers pack up Patriot batteries in Israel

    04/14/2003 11:31:59 AM PDT · by yonif · 5 replies · 169+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr. 14, 2003 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    US military troops were packing up Patriot anti-missile batteries in Israel on Monday, a day after Israeli officials said there was no longer a threat of an Iraqi missile attack. Before the war in Iraq, the US military stationed Patriot batteries near Israeli population centers, to boost Israel's air defenses in the event of an Iraqi missile attack. Israel's defense ministry lowered the state of alert in the country on Sunday, noting that the US military was in control of areas of Iraq closest to Israel. On Monday, US troops stationed in Jaffa, next to Tel Aviv, were seen lowering...
  • Pilot’s remains identified

    04/13/2003 11:52:03 PM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 7 replies · 363+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 14 Apr 03 | Kendra Helmer
    ABOARD THE USS KITTY HAWK — The Navy has identified the remains of an F/A-18 Hornet pilot assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk and missing since his plane was shot down April 2, according to the aircraft carrier’s commanding officer. Capt. Thomas Parker said the body of Lt. Nathan D. White, 30, of Abilene, Texas, was found Saturday. He was a pilot with Strike Fighter Squadron 195, the Dambusters. He is survived by his wife and three children. “Nathan White was a fine officer and a great pilot,” Parker said. “We send our best to his family and his shipmates.”...
  • Japan Stepping Closer To Patriot Missile Use

    04/04/2003 6:39:55 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 2 replies · 182+ views
    Pacific Stars and Stripes | April 4, 2003 | David Allen and Chiyomi Sumida
    Japan is inching toward new, improved Patriot missiles as a defense against North Korea’s ballistic missile program. Japan’s anti-missile arsenal includes 27 short-range Patriots. But the recent success of Patriot missiles in the U.S.-led war in Iraq has prompted some officials to want an advanced version while Japan’s new weapons system is developed. “It will be a while before Japan can be equipped with the new missile defense system,” said Shinichi Ogawa, chief scientist at the National Institute of Defense Studies. “But we already have the option to purchase an already developed missile defense system from the United States...
  • U.S. Soldiers Advance Toward Karbala

    04/02/2003 12:20:08 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 242+ views
    Yahoo News - AP ^ | Wed, Apr 02, 2003 | CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press Writer
    NEAR KARBALA, Iraq - U.S. soldiers advanced toward Karbala early Wednesday after a night-long bombardment of the strategic city and ground fighting with Iraq (news - web sites)'s Republican Guard — the first battle with Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s top forces that form the backbone of the defense of Baghdad. AP Photo Latest news: · Powell on mission to discuss Iraq with wary ally TurkeyAFP - 5 minutes ago · Iraq using sacred sites to protect its military, Australia saysAFP - 11 minutes ago · Israel state of alert to last "at least two more weeks": FMAFP -...
  • Battle for Baghdad Begins in Area Surrounding Iraqi Capital

    04/01/2003 9:22:21 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 172+ views
    New York Times ^ | Tuesday, April 1, 2003 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON
    April 2, 2003 Battle for Baghdad Begins in Area Surrounding Iraqi CapitalBy MICHAEL R. GORDON AMP DOHA, Kuwait, Wednesday, April 2 — The battle for Baghdad got under way today as American ground forces entered the "red zone." United States Army and Marine ground forces advanced on separate axes into the swath of territory around Baghdad that is defended by the Republican Guard and has been characterized by American commanders as the most strategically vital and treacherous of the war. Although still 50 miles or more from the capital, the attack brought the American military one step closer to its...
  • Kuwaiti, US Patriots shoot down Iraqi missiles

    04/01/2003 3:36:31 PM PST · by jwalburg · 2 replies · 206+ views
    Boston Globe/Reuters ^ | April 1, 2003 | Mehrdad Balali
    <p>KUWAIT -- An Iraqi missile fired at Kuwait was shot down by a Kuwaiti Patriot battery on Tuesday, while a U.S. Patriot brought down a missile fired from south of Baghdad in the direction of U.S. troops in Iraq, officials said.</p>
  • Explosion in Kuwait City

    03/28/2003 2:46:43 PM PST · by McGruff · 304 replies · 997+ views
    CNN TV Coverage ^ | Wolf Blitzer
    Wolf Blitzer reporting an explosion in Kuwait City. Not a missle.
  • A-10 Aircraft Destroy Iraqi Missile Site Just After Launch Against Kuwait

    03/28/2003 9:09:29 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 7 replies · 221+ views | March 27, 2003 | Elaine M. Grossman
    CAMP DOHA, KUWAIT -- Two American A-10 attack aircraft located and destroyed an Iraqi surface-to-surface missile system just minutes after it launched an Ababil-100 or Al-Samoud rocket against Camp Doha, according to senior officials here. The installation is headquarters for the ground campaign against Iraq. Since the war began a week ago today, Iraqi forces have fired at least 11 short-range missiles from the Al Basrah area, about seven of those aimed less than 90 miles away at this tiny Persian Gulf nation. Flight times are about three minutes.Patriot interceptor missile batteries in Kuwait have even less time to detect...
  • Patriot gets mixed review — so far

    03/27/2003 11:01:22 AM PST · by Paraclete · 15 replies · 185+ views
    ArmyTimes.Com ^ | 3-25-2003 | Vince Crawley
    <p>The Patriot anti-missile system — discredited star of the 1991 Gulf War — has had a mixed performance in the latest war against Iraq, according to a think tank critical of many Pentagon weapons programs.</p> <p>Of 14 Iraqi missiles launched into Kuwait, six reportedly were intercepted by Patriots, according to the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C.</p>