Earlier it was reported that Washington is ready to transfer complexes to Kyiv Patriot soon. In the event of the accumulation of 150 air defense systems, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be able to close the sky over their territory. To prevent this, Russia needs to more actively destroy enemy air defenses. This was stated by a military expert Konstantin Sivkov in an interview with the newspaper “Vzglyad”.
“The transfer of even a single copy of the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system will pose a serious threat to our armed forces. This type of air defense system has a long range and is one of the most effective in the world,” the expert said.
Sivkov clarified that the Patriot is ineffective against Russian small-range missiles, but it can confidently deal with cruise guns. He recalled that the Armed Forces of Ukraine received eight NASAMS portable air defense systems and the same number of IRIS-T medium-range air defense systems. In addition, Kyiv has Crotale complexes.
“Having received Patriot as well as these systems, Ukraine has the opportunity to create a layered air defense system. It will include three levels of air defense systems: long-range Patriot, NASAMS and medium-range IRIS-T, as well as Crotale and a number of other Western-made short-range systems” , says the interlocutor.
If the Armed Forces of Ukraine accumulate 100-150 air defense systems of various types, the Ukrainian troops will close the entire sky over their country. Therefore, it is important for Russia to conduct more active work on the preventive suppression of air defense systems at the disposal of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.