As Fox News reporter Austin Westfall reported on Twitter, about 100 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine arrived at USA to begin training at the MIM-104 Patriot anti-aircraft missile complex.
Roughly 100 Ukrainian troops arrived on U.S. soil this evening – they’ll soon begin training on the Patriot missile system at Fort Sill, OK. @ZelenskyyUa says the system will make a significant difference in bolstering Kyiv’s defenses against Russia. @FoxNewsMMR @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/JFCC6GvA43
— Austin Westfall (@WestfallAustin) January 16, 2023
“Roughly 100 Ukrainian troops arrived on U.S. soil this evening – they’ll soon begin training on the Patriot missile system at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. President Zelenskyi says that the system will make a significant difference in bolstering Kyiv’s defenses against Russia,” the journalist wrote.
Previously, the US military said that the training program for the use of MIM-104 Patriot systems lasts from six months to a year, but it seems that the Pentagon has developed a shortened training program specifically for Ukrainians. At the end of December 2022 this was reported by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.
In theory, the MIM-104 Patriot in the PAC-3 MSE (Patriot Advanced Capability 3 Missile Segment Enhancement) configuration can shoot down ballistic targets such as long-range anti-aircraft missiles 48Н6DM of the S-400 complexes and Kh-22 Burya supersonic cruise missiles, one of which hit a house in Dnipro. But Ukraine, most likely, will receive a less advanced version of MIM-104C (PAC-2) or MIM-104D (PAC-2/GEM).