The Patriot Missile Defence System Could Not Detect Low-Flying Drones and Missiles, Israel Said

TEL AVIV, (BM) – The American MIM-104 Patriot missile defense systems, which form the basis of Saudi Arabian air defense, could not detect low-flying drones and missiles that attacked oil refineries, since their sensors tracked targets only over the horizon, learned according a statement of the founder and first director of the Israeli organization for missile defense of the Ministry of Defense, the developer of the Israeli Arrow missile defense system, Uzi Rubin.

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According to Rubin, one of the reasons for the failure of the American Patriot systems in Saudi Arabia was that the sensors of the complexes tracked only over-the-horizon targets, while not paying attention to low-flying ones.

The second reason was the large area of ​​the country, which greatly complicated the protection of airspace.

At the same time, the ex-director of the Israeli organization for missile defense said that to protect the Saudi oil enterprises from low-flying and small targets, the Russian anti-aircraft missile and cannon system (ZRPK) “Shell-S1” would be suitable.

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The attack on Saudi Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia occurred on the morning of September 14. It involved 18 drones and 7 missiles, of which three did not reach the target and fell in the desert. Neither drones nor missiles were detected by the American Patriot air defense systems.

Earlier, justifying himself for “puncturing” American Patriot complexes in Saudi Arabia, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that “all the complexes in the world work with varying degrees of success.” In response to this, the Russian Defense Ministry noted that the widely publicized American Patriot systems and the Aegis system do not match the declared characteristics in their capabilities, and the powerful air defense system deployed by the United States in Saudi Arabia cannot detect drones and missiles due to the low efficiency of the fight against small-sized goals.

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