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Kuwait Air Defence forces conduct successful Patriot test firings

11th January 2010 - 14:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Kuwait Air Defence Forces successfully test fired Raytheon Company's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System against tactical ballistic missiles.

The test firings were held last month at the Udairi Range in Kuwait in conjunction with other Kuwait Air Defence and Land Forces elements during a joint exercise.

The test firings used a Kuwait Patriot Configuration-2 Plus fire unit with Guidance Enhanced Missiles as the interceptors, which are operated and maintained by Kuwait Air Defence brigade troops.

The Patriot system successfully engaged and destroyed two Patriot-as-a-Target missiles, as well as three foreign Multiple Launch Rocket System-type targets, both configurations emulating tactical ballistic missiles.

The exercise was observed by senior officials from the Kuwaiti and US governments, including Kuwait Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Sheikh Ahmad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah.

"This test firing showcased the lethal capabilities of the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System against tactical ballistic missiles, as well as the strong alliance among the Kuwait Air Defense Forces, the US government and Raytheon in maintaining the readiness and effectiveness of Patriot in Kuwait," said Skip Garrett, vice president and deputy for Patriot Programs, Raytheon Integrated Defence Systems (IDS).

"To support our 12 partner nations globally, Patriot continues to add capabilities to counter emerging threats, while providing increased system reliability and reduced life-cycle cost," Garrett said.

Raytheon IDS is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.

Source: Raytheon

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