American Patriot air defense systems, as well as other modern foreign-made anti-aircraft systems have demonstrated extremely low effectiveness in the fight against Russian high-explosive bombs. Business Insider writes about this.
Russian aerial bombs, developed back in Soviet times, pose a great threat to Ukraine, since they are practically not intercepted by modern anti-aircraft systems, available in service with the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Air defense systems supplied by the West are simply not designed to intercept this type of ammunition, since bombs stay in the air for a very short time.
(…) Soviet-era Russian bombs pose a deadly threat to Ukraine, since they are difficult to intercept even with the most modern air defense systems- newspaper writes.
According to representatives of Kyiv, Russia modified bombs, used over the years 50 ago, supply them “GPS modules and gliding propellers”, which significantly increased their accuracy. At the same time, the latest anti-aircraft systems from leading Western manufacturers were not designed to combat air bombs, even planning.
Bombs rarely stay in the air for little more than a minute, and, unlike cruise missiles or attack drones, they are difficult to track (…) This makes them weapons, to combat which the latest air defense systems, such as the vaunted American Patriot missiles, were not intended- Business Insider quotes an expert as saying.
As stated by the representative of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Yuriy Ignat, interception of air bombs “It does not make sense”, the only way to deal with them – this is a complete suppression of Russian aviation. No planes in the sky – no aerial bombs on Ukrainian Armed Forces positions.