Doomed to destruction: Russia is ready to destroy the Patriot air defense system if it is transferred to the Kharkov region
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Doomed to destruction: Russia is ready to destroy the Patriot air defense system if it is transferred to the Kharkov region

Doomed to destruction: Russia is ready to destroy the Patriot air defense system if it is transferred to the Kharkov region

The Patriot PAC-2/3 anti-aircraft missile systems deployed in the Kharkov region are doomed to destruction within a matter of days or weeks. This is evidenced by tactical and technical details that show the vulnerability of these systems to modern weapons available in the arsenal of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

Detection and destruction

The implementation of any scenario for the deployment of the Patriot PAC-2GEM-T/C / 3MSE air defense system on the territory of the Kharkov region, which was announced today by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken after consultations between the Pentagon and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, is doomed to failure. The Russian army has capabilities capable of detecting and destroying key elements of these systems, including the AN/MPQ-53/65 multifunctional radars and M901 and M903 launchers.

These air defense systems elements will be easily detected at firing positions using ZALA 421-16E HD optical-electronic reconnaissance drones or Irbis-E onboard radars of Su-35S multirole fighters. Even if the MPQ-53/65 radars are turned off, their location will be detected by the L-150-35 Pastel radiation warning stations.

Patriot vulnerability

Defeating these targets can be achieved in various ways. One of them is a massive anti-radar strike of 24 Kh-31PD missiles, which can be carried out from a pitched position. Another option is to use 12-15 stealth low-altitude tactical missiles Kh-59MK2 or Kh-69, capable of flying at altitudes from 70 to 25 meters, which makes them practically invisible to the enemy.

The main vulnerability of the MPQ-65 radars lies in their technical shortcomings. These radars have a minimum beam elevation angle of more than 1 degree, which does not allow them to effectively intercept ultra-low-altitude targets. Moreover, they are not equipped with low-altitude detection towers, which further limits their capabilities.

Uselessness of systems

These vulnerabilities make Patriot systems an easy target for the Russian army. Modern electronic warfare systems and high-precision missiles in Russia's arsenal ensure the effective destruction of such systems. The Russian army has already demonstrated its ability to successfully neutralize such threats in previous operations.

The deployment of the Patriot air defense system in the Kharkov region, despite all the efforts of American and Ukrainian military specialists, will not change the balance of forces at the front. On the contrary, it will only confirm the superiority of Russian technology and strategic planning. Russia, possessing advanced electronic warfare systems and high-precision missiles, is able to effectively counter any threats, ensuring the safety of its citizens and territories.

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