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SORRY ABOUT THAT WELL LEAPORD A2 TANK
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thats ok ...L2 is an excellent vehicle well suited imo for any conflict area........

 
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UK receives first upgraded FV432s
The first 10 upgraded FV432s were delivered to the British Army in June; 20 vehicles per month are being converted over the next two-and-a-half years. The in-service date is 31 August, when the first 50 vehicles will have been delivered
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to http://jdw.janes.com - 11 August 2006]

EADS offers subsystems aimed at AFV market
EADS recently completed production of over 800 all-electric gun-control equipment (GCE) for installation in Giat Industries' Leclerc main battle tanks (MBTs) supplied to France and the United Arab Emirates. The GCE allows the 120 mm main armament of the Leclerc to be laid onto a stationary or moving target when the vehicle is moving at speed cross-country
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to http://jdw.janes.com - 16 August 2006]

Red Arrow 8L gains greater capabilities
China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) has added additional capabilities to its Red Arrow 8L man-portable anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to http://jdw.janes.com - 17 August 2006]

Syria receives first Strelets SAMs
Syria ordered the units in early 2003 despite objections from Israel that these Strelets could be transferred or acquired by unauthorised users, namely the Islamic Resistance (the armed wing of the South Lebanese Shi'ite Party Of God - Hizbullah. Damascus originally wanted the standard man-portable Kolomna KBM Igla (SA-18) SAM systems but this request was rejected by Moscow. These were required to supplement Syria's stocks of other Russian-supplied man-portable SAMs such as the Strela-3 (SA-14 'Gremlin') and the much older Strela-2 (SA-7 'Grail'). In addition to being deployed with the Syrian Army, these man portable SAMs are also used by the Syrian Air Defence Command to provide close-in air defence for longer-range static and mobile air-defence systems
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to http://jdw.janes.com - 17 August 2006]

Bushmaster APV goes Dutch
Dutch forces in Afghanistan will begin operating the Australian-developed Bushmaster 4x4 mine-protected vehicle following the selection of a joint ADI-Thales Nederland bid under the Armoured Patrol Vehicle (APV) urgent operational requirement. The Netherlands defence ministry awarded the contract to ADI-Thales on 28 July 2006, after evaluating competing tenders. The contract, the value of which was not disclosed, covers the supply of 25 Bushmaster APVs to counter the increased threat from improvised explosive devices (IED) and to a lesser extent land mines in southern Afghanistan, where a Dutch Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) is located. In addition to the attributes of the vehicle itself, it is understood that a critical factor in the Bushmaster selection was that the required number of vehicles could be supplied faster than other candidate designs. These included the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Dingo 2, the BAE Systems Land Systems OMC RG-31 Nyala and the Iveco Light Multipurpose Vehicle
[Jane's International Defence Review - first posted to http://idr.janes.com - 10 August 2006]

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UK charts FAST course to unmanned minesweep
A two-year technology readiness demonstrator (TRD) programme, known as Flexible Agile Sweeping Technology (FAST), is intended to demonstrate the technical maturity of a projected new unmanned surface vehicle (USV)-based influence minesweeping capability. It will also help determine the capability required and facilitate the transition of science and research into the UK's supplier base
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to http://jdw.janes.com - 16 August 2006]

Pathfinder revisits UK surface combatant plans
Officials say the year-long Sustained Surface Combatant Capability (S2C2) study is intended to produce a roadmap for the delivery of an affordable and sustainable Joint Maritime Surface Combatant Capability and inform work to procure a projected new class of Future Surface Combatant (FSC) to succeed the RN's Type 22 and Type 23 frigates. S2C2, together with a parallel Sustained Armoured Vehicle Capability 'Pathfinder', is also intended to establish a new model for MoD and industry to deliver through-life capability management as part of a wider process of equipment acquisition reform resulting from the Defence Industrial Strategy
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to http://jdw.janes.com - 16 August 2006]

Covert operations: navies seek discreet radars for surveillance
Pulsed radars, being the prime shipborne sensor for surveillance and tactical picture compilation, require high-energy transmissions for range and a short pulse for range discrimination. This has naturally dictated the development of high-power radars that, while offering excellent range and resolution, are easily detected by electronic support measures (ESM) systems well outside radar range, and susceptible to targeting by anti-radiation missiles
[Jane's International Defence Review - first posted to http://idr.janes.com - 09 August 2006]

 
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Lockheed Martin reveals new UAVs
By Paul Richfield
August 16, 2006
Hard on the heels of its July unveiling of the Polecat high altitude research UAV, Lockheed Martin has revealed plans for a diverse range of new unmanned combat aircraft some bordering on the exotic.
Among them are an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a fan-in-wing vertical take-off and landing aircraft known as the Various, a morphing-wing Hunter-Killer, the submarine-launched Cormorant and a hypersonic deep strike aircraft called the Falcon.
This, along with the Polecat, is our way to get back into the unmanned systems business, said Frank Mauro, director of UAV programs at Lockheed Martins Advanced Development Programs unit in Palmdale, Calif., otherwise known as the Skunk Works. A little of it is playing catch-up; a little of it is leapfrogging forward.
First up may be the pilotless F-35, which Mauro described as Lockheed Martins way of compensating for its absence from the Pentagons Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) bid, which aims to provide unmanned strike aircraft for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.
In operation, manned F-35s would control up to four UCAVs through an aerial wireless Internet setup, Mauro said. This would eliminate the need for satellite communications while allowing the removal of sensors from the drones, which would serve solely as bomb carriers.
Initial plans show the unmanned F-35 retaining its cockpit and canopy, though a follow-on version would eliminate those features and use the space for additional fuel.
 
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(Source: India Press Information Bureau; issued Aug. 17, 2006)
 
 
The integrated Guided Missile Development Programme was sanctioned to develop Prithvi, Agni (technology demonstrator), Trishul, Akash and Nag Missiles. All the missiles have been developed.  
 
- Prithvi-I for Army, and its variants P-II for Air Force and Dhanush for Indian Navy have since been productionized.  
 
- Agni, Technology Demonstrator project, has been successfully completed and A1 & A2, medium and intermediate range missiles derived from AGNI technologies are already under production.  
 
- Akash medium range surface-to-air missile and Nag, Third Generation Anti-Tank Missile, are entering user trials phase and are expected to be inducted after that.  
 
- Trishul, a short range surface-to-air missile has also been developed as a technology demonstrator.  
 
 
This information was given by the Defence Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee in a written reply to Shri Asaduddin Owaisi in Lok Sabha today.  
 
 
 
 


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U.S., Italian Shipyards in Lead To Build New Iraqi Navy
By ROSS COLVIN, REUTERS, BAGHDAD
 
 
U.S. and Italian shipyards are favored to win tenders to build 19 ships and patrol boats for the fledgling Iraqi navy to enable it to take over security of Iraqs vital off-shore oil terminals, a naval official said.
Commodore Thamir Nasser said 15 patrol boats, four corvettes and two off-shore support vessels would be bought under a two-year equipment acquisition program that would boost the navys ability to protect the platforms from terrorist attack.
"I have heard a U.S. shipyard that builds the U.S. Coast Guard vessels and an Italian company will build the boats," the Iraqi Navys head of operations told Reuters, referring to the patrol boats and corvettes. He put no value on the tenders.
"By 2008/2009 we will be in a position to take control of maritime security," he said.
 
The Iraqi Navy is critically short of seaworthy ships to patrol potential terrorist targets such as the Basra Oil Terminal and its smaller sister Khor al-Amaya terminal. Iraq has the worlds third largest reserves of oil.
The two platforms in the Northern Arabian Gulf are the economic center of Iraq, pumping some 1.6 million barrels per day into the holds of tankers berthed alongside and generating most of the governments revenues.
At present they are guarded against terrorist attack by circling U.S., British and Australian warships and a lone Iraqi patrol boat that has to sail three hours from Umm Qasr to get to the platforms.
 
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The navy now is in a sorry state, with most of its patrol boats and smaller fast aluminum boats (FABs) either out of action due to a fuel shortage or because they lack the necessary spare parts or expertise to repair them.
Since the fall of Saddam Husseins regime in 2003 it is being rebuilt and its sailors trained by a British-led naval team at their base in Umm Qasr, Iraqs only "blue water" port.
Italian shipyard Fincantieri confirmed on Aug. 11 it was taking part in a tender process to build four patrol vessels worth about 80 million euros ($102.9 million) and said it believed it had a "good chance" of winning.
"The negotiations are in an advanced phase but have not yet been finalized," said a spokesman for the shipyard, which is 98.8 percent owned by the Italian government.
The U.S. shipyard is believed to be Bollinger Shipyards, which has built the U.S. Coast Guards patrol boat fleet. The company was not immediately available for comment on Aug. 11.
An attempt by an Iraqi state company to build patrol boats has not been successful. One of the boats failed sea trials, another still being built sits on a trestle at Umm Qasr. British officials there said they were poorly designed and unsafe.
 
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(Source: US Army; issued Aug. 16, 2006)
 
 
WARREN, Mich. --- In a six-week experiment at Fort Knox, Ky., the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command measured how science and technology implemented in Future Combat Systems unmanned vehicles enhances soldiers capabilities and performance.  
 
"This gave us (Army) an opportunity to see how computer-automated tools can assist with tasks that are conventionally performed by soldiers," said Lt. Col. John Janiszewski, chief of experimentation and analysis directorate for the Army's Unit of Action Maneuver Battle Lab. "It's important that our soldiers become capable of using unmanned vehicles efficiently because their use means fewer soldiers being exposed to dangers of the battlefield."  
 
The experiment centered on two key metrics: autonomous mobility and Crew Aiding Behaviors (CABS) software, which automates such common tasks as route planning and the selection of observation and fire positions in crew stations developed by RDECOMs Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), Army Research Laboratory (ARL). The experiments showed that the use of automated software significantly reduced threat-engagement time and improved the way soldiers controls the robot.  
 
"We are intentionally overloading soldiers," Janiszewski said. "We want to see how many tasks they can handle without interfering with their performance in combat situations."  
 
The TARDEC-ARL touch-screen crew station allows soldiers to create robot behaviors that maximize efficiency in choosing enemy targets. Forward robots detect enemy positions and present targets to soldiers via situational awareness maps. The crew station takes in the information, prioritizes it and recommends a weapon to engage the target. The entire task is completed while soldiers simultaneously control the follow-vehicle and search the screens for "red-force" enemies.  
 
When multiple targets are spotted, the crew station's automated technology prioritizes the enemies and tells soldiers which weapon would most effectively defeat the threat. After the threat is destroyed, the next priority threat moves to the top of the screen for disengagement.  
 
Soldiers use the crew station to give the follower vehicle a manually-specific path, but they may also use automated planning tools to automatically create the follower route.  
 
"The crew-station vehicles have given me better visualization of the battlefield," said Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Dose, who operated and tested the vehicles. "The best part is that my workload hasn't increased very much, and now I am keeping myself and other soldiers out of enemy fire."  
 
The experiment validates seven years of robotic follower and crew-station technology research, according to Patrick Nunez, TARDEC research scientist and test manager.  
 
"We are trying to make it easier for soldiers to operate manned and unmanned assets simultaneously, while reducing the number of soldiers inside the vehicle," he said.  
 
"Remote warfare technologies could reach soldiers hands as early as 2008," Janiszewski added. "The Army has developed a baseline of technologies for future systems that have the potential to be spun-out into current military platforms."  
 
TARDEC will now focus on integrating and improving Solider-robot interaction. "We need to find ways to improve how soldiers communicate with unmanned assets. We want to be able to let soldiers know what the robot is thinking, said Nunez.  
 
 
TARDEC is headquartered at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Mich. Its mission is to research, develop, engineer, leverage and integrate advanced technology into ground systems and support equipment throughout the life cycle. Its technical staff leads research in ground-vehicle survivability, mobility, intelligent systems, and maneuver support and sustainment.  
 
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Russian Military To Practice Repelling Invasion from East
 
 
By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, MOSCOW
Russias military will practice repelling a foreign invasion during exercises this month in the countrys far east, the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta said Aug. 25.
The exercises will take place on the Kamchatka peninsula some time in the second half of August and will be presided over by President Vladimir Putin, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources on the militarys general staff.
The aim is to improve cooperation between different arms of the military in defending the coast from possible armed invasion, the newspaper said.
The conditional opponents are not abstract terrorists but the armed forces of real states, the paper said.
Taking part will be 5,000 servicemen, 20 ships, nuclear submarines, artillery and air defense forces, the newspaper said.
The exercises will be a continuation of staff-level exercises that took place last month, the paper said.
The military will practice repelling a coastal landing by foreign forces, cutting the naval communications of the conditional opponents and fighting
 
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Iran Tests Tactical Missile During War Games
By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, TEHRAN

Iran test-fired a short-range missile on Aug. 20 during the second day of nationwide military exercises in a demonstration of its readiness to respond to any threat, state television reported.
The surface-to-surface missile, called Saegheh or lightning in Farsi, has a range of between 80 and 250 kilometers (50 and 155 miles).
The upgraded Saegheh missiles have been tested today, Iranian Brigadier General Kiumars Heydari was quoted as saying.
Surface-to-surface as well as surface-to-sea missiles built by domestic defense industries with considerable range, high precision and large production numbers, will enable us to prevent any type of threat.
The missile was test-fired from Kashan, 200 kilometers (120 miles) south of the capital Tehran as part of the massive war games which began Aug. 19 with the aim of testing new weapons and tactics against a potential enemy.
 
Twelve army divisions along with air and naval forces and missile units are involved in the military operation, named Zolfaghar Blow after the two-point sword of Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammed.
The exercises, which began in the restive southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, will continue in 15 other provinces around Iran.
In April, the Islamic republic unveiled a wide range of weaponry such as multiple-warhead missiles, high-speed torpedoes and radar-evading anti-ship missiles during a week of exercises in the strategic Gulf waters to the south.
 
The latest operations come amid rising international tensions over Tehrans nuclear program, which the West fears is a cover for efforts to build an atomic bomb.
Iran has two bodies of armed forces, the traditional army and the elite Revolutionary Guards, an ideological army, equipped with terrestrial, naval and air units. All are under the command of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
 
The U.N. Security Council has given Iran until August 31 to halt enrichment and reprocessing activities or face possible sanctions.
But Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters Sunday that a freeze of the nuclear work was not on the agenda.
 
 
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U.S. Navys Last Gun Cruiser Goes To Scrapyard

The last all-gun cruiser in the U.S. Navys inventory is finally headed for the scrapyard.
The cruiser Des Moines began the long tow to Texas on Aug. 21 from a storage facility in Philadelphia, where it had been kept for 45 years. Although the Navy planned to get rid of the ship more than a decade ago, disposal was put off while several preservation groups attempted to preserve the Des Moines as a museum ship. None of those efforts came to fruition, and the Navy decided in May to scrap the ship.
 
On Aug. 21 the same day the ship left Philadelphia a $924,000 contract to dismantle the Des Moines was awarded to ESCO Marine of Brownsville, Texas. Under tow by the Navy salvage ship Grasp, the Des Moines is expected to arrive in Brownsville around Sept. 6, according to the Naval Sea Systems Command.
 
 
The Des Moines, commissioned in 1948, was one of three heavy cruisers designed during World War II and completed in the years afterward. The Des Moines, Salem and Newport News were the largest heavy cruisers ever built and were longer than some contemporary battleships. Measuring 717 feet in length and displacing more than 18,000 tons, they were the only cruisers to mount rapid-fire, automatic 8-inch guns the feature which caused the Navy to retain the ships far longer than earlier cruisers.
 
 
The service considered recommissioning the ships in the early 1980s during the Reagan-era arms buildup, but decided against it as the costs were similar to those needed to return Iowa-class battleships with 16-inch guns to service. All four battleships were recommissioned in the 1980s but returned to mothballs with the end of the Cold War.
 
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Taiwan To Boost 2007 Military Spending, Warns of China Hostility
By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, TAIPEI

Taiwans cabinet Aug. 23 decided to increase military spending by nearly 30 percent next year as President Chen Shui-bian warned of rival Chinas continuing hostility towards the island.
 
The cabinet approved a draft bill proposed by the defense ministry calling for 323.5 billion Taiwan dollars ($9.86 billion) in spending next year, a rise of $71 billion, or 28.1 percent, from the current year.
The planned military spending, pending the legislatures final approval, would account for 18.7 percent of the government budget for 2007, up from 15.3 percent the preceding year.
 
Much of the extra spending would be used to buy advanced U.S.-made weaponry as part of the islands efforts to boost its defense capability against China, the defense ministry said.
Chen, from the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, defended the planned increase during a visit to Kinmen, a fortified island group off Chinas southeastern city of Xiamen.
 
Peace should not be founded on the enemys goodwill...only by building a strong defense force could any invasion attempt be deterred, Chen said as Taiwan marked the anniversary of a Chinese communist bombardment of Kinmen in 1958.
 
Over the past nearly 50 years, although no large-scale military conflicts broke out in the Taiwan Strait, it by no means an easing of the military threat from China, Chen said.
So far, the Peoples Liberation Army have deployed more than 800 ballistic missiles targeting Taiwan, four times more than when Ah-Bian (Chens nickname) was elected president in 2000, he said, adding that the number of missiles is rising at the rate of 120 per year.
 
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Israel Buys Upgraded Subs To Counter Iran Threat: Report
By JEAN-LUC RENAUDIE, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, JERUSALEM

 
In a bid to boost its military arsenal against a perceived threat from archfoe Iran, Israel has signed a contract with Germany to buy two submarines capable of carrying nuclear weapons, a newspaper report said Aug. 23.
 
Under the contract signed in July, the two Dolphin-class submarines, called U212s, will be assembled in Germany and fitted with a propulsion system allowing them to remain underwater for far longer than submarines already in use by the Israel navy, the Jerusalem Post said.
The state-of-the-art submarines, manufactured by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG, will be bought by Israel for $1.27 billion, a third of which will be financed by the German government, the English-language daily said.
 
 
Israels defense ministry said it was unable either to confirm or deny the report.
The navy already has three German submarines the most expensive weapon platforms in Israels arsenal that are also thought to be able to carry nuclear weapons.
Israel has never acknowledged possessing a nuclear arsenal although it is widely believed to have one.
Germany donated the first two submarines after the 1991 Gulf War and split the cost of the third with the Jewish state.
 
 
The Jerusalem Post also said the navy was considering installing an underwater sonar system off the coast to detect foreign submarines.
In November 2004, Israel spotted a mystery submarine in its territorial waters, which a naval official said was a foreign vessel on a spying mission.
 
The report of the sub purchase came a day after a cabinet minister and former Mossad spy warned Israel should prepare for a ballistic missile attack by Iran, its arch enemy and one of chief supporters of Hezbollah, against whom Israel waged the month-long war in Lebanon.
Iran has threatened to attack U.S. with its ballistic missiles and we should prepare behind our lines and civilians for such an attack, said Pensioner Affairs Minister Rafi Eitan, who is a member of Israels security cabinet.
A senior cleric in the Islamic republic facing a showdown with the West over its nuclear program has warned that if Iran is attacked by the United States and Israel, it will retaliate with ballistic missiles aimed at Tel Aviv.
 
 
Israeli officials have accused Iran of orchestrating Hezbollahs cross-border raid on July 12 that sparked the Lebanon war in order to draw the worlds attention from Tehrans nuclear program.
They now fear that Israels failure to destroy the guerrilla Shiite militant group during the war widely celebrated across much of the Middle East as a resounding defeat for the Jewish state will further boost the confidence of Iran, whose leaders have called for Israel to be destroyed.
 
 
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Here's an interesting article and one might take note of the various nations interested in the upgrades....seems obvious why.
 
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Iran, North Korea Spur PAC-3 Missile Demand: Lockheed
By JIM WOLF, REUTERS
 
Fears of North Korea and Iran seem to be spurring broad interest in Patriot PAC-3 missile upgrades, an executive of Lockheed Martin Corp., the prime contractor, said on Aug. 23.
The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile is described by the company as the worlds top defense against tactical ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear, chemical or germ weapons as well as cruise missiles and aircraft.
 
Nine nations have bought a version of the Patriot air defense system that entered production in 1980 -- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Japan, Taiwan, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel and Spain. Raytheon Co. is the systems integrator.
"So all of these guys are interested in this (upgraded) capability," said John Ward, vice president of international business development for Lockheeds Orlando, Florida-based Missiles and Fire Control unit.
An upgraded Patriot PAC-3 battery, including radar, could cost $500 million, depending on how many launchers were included, he said.
Ward spoke to Reuters after a briefing on Lockheeds role in the multibillion-dollar, layered, U.S. shield against missiles of all ranges in all stages of flight.
 
The company declined to comment on the potential value of its missile-defense business or its share of annual revenues.
Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed, the Pentagons No. 1 supplier, announced its first international sales of PAC-3 missiles in January 2005. As part of a $532 million contact with the U.S. Army, it said 32 missiles would go to the Netherlands and 16 to Japan, of a total 156 due to be delivered to the army this year.
Ward said Japan asked for speeded-up delivery of its PAC-3 missiles after North Korea test-fired seven missiles starting on the July 4th U.S. Independence Day holiday despite an international push to dissuade Pyongyang.
 
In addition, Japan has written to the United States seeking cost and pricing data on 16 more PAC-3 missiles, doubling its possible purchase, he said.
"And I think that was a direct result of this firing of the North Korean missiles," Ward said.
 
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Patriot seems to be more of a propapganda weapon rather than soemthing that might actually work.

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Originally posted by Sparten

Patriot seems to be more of a propapganda weapon rather than soemthing that might actually work.



    
I agree the Patriot system is very overrated but it actually does work. And the PAC 3 could probably have some success against the junk N.Korea launches. Maybe even more then its usual less then 10% success rate heh. Long distance launches are about the patriots only strengths. The Chinese are testing a missile like the Patriot as well which is probably using "barrowed" tech.
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Patriot's two main problems.
1) It was designed as an anti aircraft weapon. And it was modified to be an ATBM. The inherent limitations of being a modified rather than a new design showed themselves in both the Iraq wars. Any high altitude SAM might shoot down a RV, but reliably? I doubt it.
 
2) Any place a Patriot is deployed will probably be a high value target anyhow, and be the destination of multiple ballistic, cruise and aircraft sorties . The battery would be overwhelmed.
 
The Russians have a dedicated ATBM system around Moscow, its doubtful it could protect it,
 
 


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the PAC 3 is OK from what i read (they did have fire control issues in the second gulf war), the isreali arrow 2 is much more powerful thing but agian only good for the olders style scud types. Isreal i think is intergrating both into a two layered system, which would offer a extended level of defence. all this means that your enemy cant just lob in the couple here and there and expect a hit (like saddam), they would need to fire allot more and/or upgrade their missiles  to get through.

Once you pitched agianst a very modern ICBM which has multiple + fake war heads that can indendanty manuver on the entry then your screwed with whatever system.
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