Israel to buy advanced US Patriot missiles

The Israeli air force is to buy advanced US-made missiles, capable of intercepting aircraft and long-range ballistic missiles, to upgrade the current air defense system, a report said Thursday.

Israel to buy advanced US Patriot missiles

The Israeli air force is to buy advanced US-made missiles, capable of intercepting aircraft and long-range ballistic missiles, to upgrade the current air defense system, a report said Thursday.

The Patriot PAC-3 missiles, which will replace the PAC-2 currently in use, are capable of intercepting missiles possessed by Syria, the Ynet news Web site said, citing unnamed sources.

There was no immediate comment from the defense ministry.

The PAC-3 missile is made to intercept ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and aircraft, according to the Web site of its manufacturer, Lockheed Martin.

The missile, weighing 320 kilograms (700 pounds), increases the firepower of the Patriot battery, as 16 of them fit on a Patriot launcher, compared with four PAC-2s, it said.

Israel first deployed the Patriot system in 1991.


AFP

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