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The U.S. built Patriot air defense system is already on combat service protecting the country from Russia’s attacks after recently arriving in Ukraine, Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said on April 23.
According to Ihnat, the Ukrainian army will use the most advanced air defense weapon in the U.S. arsenal against Russian air targets that couldn't previously be shot down, including S-300 surface-to-air missiles.
Ihnat also added that he “hopes that there will be results regarding Russian aircraft.”
With Russia's increased use of guided air-dropped bombs on the battlefield in Ukraine, the extended range of the Patriot is expected to help counter this threat in the absence of superior Western fighter jets such as the F-16.
On April 18, the German government’s weekly update reported that Germany has delivered a Patriot air defense system and missiles for it to Ukraine.
One Patriot battery has four to eight launchers designed for four missiles each and it is expected that it will significantly improve the defense of Ukrainian critical infrastructure and cities against Russia’s constant missile attacks.