Posted 9 марта 2023,, 13:47

Published 9 марта 2023,, 13:47

Modified 9 марта 2023,, 15:59

Updated 9 марта 2023,, 15:59

The White House stated that the Patriot system is useless against Russian cruise missiles

9 марта 2023, 13:47
The Patriot air defense system will not be effective against Russian cruise missiles. This was stated by the coordinator for strategic communications of the White House, John Kirby.

He noted that this system was developed to intercept ballistic missiles. "It's not as effective against cruise missiles, and it definitely won't be effective against drones", - he said in an interview with CNN.

The White House spokesman added that such weapons are usually used by the Russian military. Ukraine's capabilities to intercept such missiles are limited, especially if the shelling is conducted by hypersonic missiles. According to John Kirby, hypersonic missiles are, in principle, difficult to intercept.

Earlier, the US authorities promised to provide Ukraine with a battery of Patriot air defense systems. After that, Germany and the Netherlands also agreed to supply these weapons to Ukraine. The Ukrainian military began to be trained in the management of these systems.

The day before, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said that Ukraine had received the first batch of Patriot air defense systems and Leopard tanks. Later, the defense ministry denied this information.