Patriot SAMs in Ukraine. Photo: Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov's twitter
A Patriot missile battery damaged by a Russian missile barrage against Kyiv has been fixed, the Pentagon said on 18 May.
“One Patriot system was damaged, but it has now been fixed and is fully back and operational,” said Pentagon deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh, according to CNN.
Early on 16 May, Russia launched a barrage of 18 cruise and ballistic missiles on Kyiv, aided by Iranian-made Shahed-series drones. Ukrainian Air Force reported that the country’s air defenses shot down all the incoming missiles and drones, including six Kh-47M2 Kinzhal “hypersonic” missiles.
Russia first claimed its missiles hit a US-supplied Patriot air defense system battery. On 17 May, Russia claimed that its “Kinzhal hypersonic missile completely destroyed five launchers and a multifunctional radar station,” according to TASS.
CNN reported on 17 May that the damage was minimal.
- Ukraine’s air defense thwarts Russian attacks: almost all cruise missiles destroyed
- US officials report minimal damage to Patriot system after Russian attack near Kyiv
- Ukraine repels night attack on Kyiv, shoots down all 18 Russian missiles, including six Kinzhals
- Russian missile strike on Avdiivka hospital kills at least four civilians – city authorities
- Ukraine destroys 25 Russian drones, three cruise missiles during nighttime attack – Air Force Command
- Russia tried to destroy US-made Patriot SAM in Ukraine with Kinzhal missile – CNN citing US officials
- Ukraine indeed shot down a Russian Kinzhal with a Patriot SAM – Pentagon
Tags: air defenses, MIM-104 Patriot