Air Defense: November 7, 2003


In 2003, the army says it's Patriot anti-aircraft missiles intercepted the nine Iraqi missiles that came it's way during the Iraq invasion. While the information has not officially been released yet, it is felt that there is ample electronic and physical evidence to back up the claim. The Patriot batteries also shot down two coalition warplanes by accident, and almost fired on a third, which defended itself with an anti-radar missile and stopped the Patriot attack. During the 1991 Gulf War, the Patriot was also fired at incoming Iraqi missiles, but it turned out that the Iraqi SCUD missiles were breaking up as they plunged earthward, and the Patriot's radar and guidance systems couldn't tell the difference between non-explosive missile parts and the very dangerous (and explosive) SCUD warhead. With 12 years to work on those problems, the Patriot appears to be a missile killer now. But the Patriot has yet to fulfill its primary function; shooting down hostile (not friendly) aircraft.


Article Archive

Air Defense: Current 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close