Pentagon Completes Largest-Ever Patriot Missile Defense Upgrade in S Korea

Monday, August 14, 2017
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
14.08.2017

The US 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade in South Korea and engineers from defense contractor Raytheon have completed the largest Patriot missile defense modernization project ever conducted outside a US facility amid the escalation on the Korean peninsula, the Department of Defense said.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The eight-month effort included networking the Patriot missile batteries from geographically dispersed locations around the Korean peninsula and mock air battles. Each battery crew was required to complete a series of competency tests to demonstrate proficiency.

“The purpose of the battalion netted exercise was two-fold,” 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Patriot modernization project officer Tara Gibbs stated. “First, it was to validate the systems to ensure everything worked. … The second was to qualify the soldiers and crews on the new equipment.”

The Patriot upgrade coincided with warnings from President Donald Trump this month that the United States is prepared to attack North Korea if Pyongyang carries out its threat to fire missiles on the US territory of Guam in the western Pacific. Numerous defense analysts have warned that an attack on North Korea can prompt a retaliatory attack against South Korea.

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