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August 28, 2008: As part of the recent agreement to allow U.S. GBI anti-missile missiles to be based in Poland, is the stationing of an American Patriot anti-aircraft missile battery in Poland. Originally, Poland wanted to receive Patriot missile systems, with Polish crews running them. Sending an American battery instead was a compromise. That unit will arrive within the next four years.

The U.S. Army has ten of its Patriot anti-aircraft missile battalions. Each Patriot battalion has 12-24 launchers (3-6 batteries). Each battery is manned by about a hundred troops, and contains a radar, plus four launchers. A battery can fire two types of Patriot missile. The $3.3 million PAC 3 missile is smaller than the anti-aircraft version (PAC 2), thus a Patriot launcher can hold sixteen PAC 3 missiles, versus four PAC 2s. A PAC 2 missile weighs about a ton, a PAC 3 weighs about a third of that. The PAC 3 has a shorter range (about 20 kilometers) versus 70 kilometers for the anti-aircraft version.

While each Patriot launcher, loaded with PAC 3 missiles, can only defend against ballistic missiles approaching within 20 kilometers, the Patriot radar can detect targets out to a hundred kilometers. Two PAC 3 missiles are fired at each incoming ballistic missile, to increase the probability of a hit. The PAC 3 missile has its own radar, and uses it to track the incoming warhead, and execute a collision course.


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warpig       8/28/2008 3:04:39 PM
...we may have just given the green light for S-300s in Syria....
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Gerry    TOR M-1, S300   8/28/2008 8:25:11 PM

I read an article recently that said Israel had secretly told the Russians it had the electronics to shut down the TOR M-1, S300 system. And if Russia continued with its plan to supply Iran with the missles, it would sell the electronics worldwide. Russian sales to the third world as well as China are very important.

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warpig       8/28/2008 8:34:11 PM
I suggest there's no particular reason to believe Israel, or even us for that matter, can just "shut down" any air defense system--particularly something relatively sophisticated and relatively new like the SA-10/20 and SA-15.
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sanman    pax electronika   8/28/2008 9:31:20 PM
gerry -- hah! As if in today's age it's a big deal to re-work electronics designs. The average cellphone today has more complexity than a PAC system from 30 years ago. If the Russians want to give Syria a PAC capability, then I don't see how the Israelis are going to stop them. They can't even stop pizzeria's from being bombed these days, so I don't see how they're going to stop a resurgent superpower.
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newjarheadean    new world order   8/30/2008 6:08:01 PM
maybe the CIA published the article Gerry read to let the Israelis know that the US knew about the secret communications between the two and maybe the conversation was not about electronics at all. And since the Russians cant operate UAVs in areas of  NATO operations or IMO keep a sattilite in space if the US did not wont it there,  it doesn't matter what any none NATO nation dose.    

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