Patriot destroyed missile using target designation provided by F-35

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WASHINGTON — Specialists [military personnel] of the US Army have demonstrated their ability to destroy simulated cruise missiles using target designation data provided by the US Air Force F-35A Lightning II fighter.

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During the exercise, a fire was made for the first time from this weapons complex on the territory of the Pacific island of Palau.

The screening was held on June 15 by members of the Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 1st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment [1-1 ADA], U.S. Army, stationed in the Pacific Ocean as part of the Valiant Shield exercise, a joint exercise of two years in the Pacific such as Guam and the Pacific Islands.

MIM-104 Patriot SAM system

The MIM-104 Patriot SAM is the flagship of the US Air Defense. This system is one of the most exported from the United States in the world. Currently, 18 countries operate with Patriot, using various modifications and versions. He has been documented in several conflicts: the Gulf War, the Iraq War, the Syrian Civil War, and the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

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It was designed in 1969 by Raytheon, Hughes, and RCA. It is currently manufactured by Raytheon. One of the most common variants of the MIM-104 Patriot SAM is the PAC-2 version or better known as the MIM-104C [PAC-2].

This version of Patriot is actually an upgrade of the older version of PAC-1. This version of the air defense system has optimized radar search algorithms and is the first system in the Patriot family to use the MIM-104C or PAC-2 missile. These missiles are designed to withstand ballistic missiles. The PAC-2 missile has a changed size of the warhead and adjusted response time of the Doppler radar fuse.

Difference between MIM-104C and the MIM-104D

The main difference between the MIM-104C [PAC-2] and the MIM-104D [PAC-2 / GEM] is again in the missile. The MIM-104D [PAC-2 / GEM] already operates improved missiles, better known as guidance enhanced missiles [GEM]. I.e the new missiles are significantly faster, a new low-noise search engine, and have higher performance. The basic idea is that GEM can detect targets with very low infrared signatures or low radar cross-sections.

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