The Netherlands has confirmed it intents to produce the Patriot missile defence system to assist the Ukrainian Armed Forces of their battle in opposition to the Russian invasion. The US authorities initiative to equip Ukrainian forces with the Patriot system was additionally joined by Germany earlier this month. The announcement comes after Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s latest go to with U.S. President Joe Biden. Throughout the bilateral assembly, Mark Rutte revealed that the Phased Array Monitoring Radar to Intercept On Goal (PATRIOT) system can be delivered by the Netherlands as a part of the US’ army assist package deal introduced in December 2022.

Ukrainian troopers have been educated in america since this week to work with Patriot surface-to-air missile system. This occurs as a result of the Individuals have already reported that they may give Patriot functionality to Ukraine. Ukraine has been asking the world for this weapon system for a while. That is needed to guard important infrastructure in opposition to Russian missiles and drones. Germany has additionally promised Patriot capability. In addition to america and Germany, the Netherlands is the one nation that may provide Patriot capability that meets the mandatory normal.


Royal Netherlands Military Patriot Floor-to-air Missile System. (Picture by Netherlands MoD)

The MIM-104 Patriot is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the first of its variety utilized by america Military and several other allied states. It’s manufactured by the U.S. protection contractor Raytheon and derives its title from the radar part of the weapon system. The AN/MPQ-53 on the coronary heart of the system is named the “Phased Array Monitoring Radar to Intercept on Goal”, which is a backronym for “Patriot”. Patriot has been given the operate of the U.S. Military’s anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system, which is now Patriot’s major mission. The system is predicted to remain fielded till not less than 2040.

The Netherlands has 4 Patriot programs, every with its personal radar, hearth management middle and a number of launchers. There are at present 3 programs operational, the fourth one serves as a reserve. One of many measures from the Protection Memorandum of 2022 is to additionally put this fourth system into operation. Royal Netherlands Military 802 Patriot Squadron is answerable for the deployment of the MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile system. The squadron consists of a workers and 5 flights: a logistic flight, a command and management flight, and three Patriot flights every consisting of an entire hearth unit.

Royal Netherlands Army Patriot Surface-to-air Missile System.
Royal Netherlands Military Patriot Floor-to-air Missile System. (Picture by Netherlands MoD)