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Originally posted by Odium
The USA’s Patriot system actually failed its last test and so far has failed nearly every test, if not all of them.
How is that a good system? Why would India bother buying something that can’t work in a test setting?
As for the S-300, I remember reading they did something like 10tests on that and it passed them. On that alone which would you rather have? Especially when the S-300 is cheaper.
Arrow would not protect Israel from attack by missiles much faster than Scuds, or by any kind of missile carrying weapons of mass destruction, or simply by large quantities of missiles. Several kinds of missiles procured by enemies of Israel have ranges considerably greater than is required to reach Israel. One reason why anyone might want to fire a missile with a range of, say, 3000 kilometers at a target that is only 500 kilometers away is that such a missile would arrive at its target after having reached a height of about 1200 km—-roughly the height reached by intercontinental missiles. Like them, it would arrive at speeds typically more than 6 km/sec. That is three times the speed of Scuds, and about twice the speed of the targets that Arrow is designed to handle. As for weapons of mass destruction, whether chemical, biological, or nuclear, interception at ranges of 50 km or so may be sufficient to protect military forces in a “theater of operations.” But it is not far enough to protect populated areas.
The Arrow 2 interceptor could do better against fast warheads, and could make intercepts as far out as it can fly, which is some 90 kilometers—-if its “Citron Tree” were supplied with data from US satellites that would allow it to launch the interceptors before the “Green Pine” acquired them. Indeed, with such data, Arrow could add a first stage to its interceptor, allowing it to fly out much farther. Given Israel’s high population density, intercepting weapons of mass destruction at least 50 kilometers from the borders is really a necessity. Since the effectiveness of Arrow depends chiefly on how early it gets fire control information, improving it—-or any other “Theater” system—-depends on transcending its ground based radar and fire control.
India has set out to configure its own ballistic missile defence on the basis of Prithvi missile and the Israeli Greenpine radar.
The DRDO will attempt to integrate this system into an effective missile defence within a five-to-seven-year time, highly-placed sources disclosed
“If India gets the patriot anti-missile defence system, where do we go, because it would be almost impossible to penetrate with the indigenous Ghauri and Hataf missiles that we have,” one worried analyst said.
Originally posted by chinawhite
India was never offered PAC-3 missiles. in the article it clearly states that india was offered The Patriot PAC-2 GEM+ system
The latest US decision to sell PAC-3 to India is a progress from its earlier decision to sell PAC-2 to New Delhi.
"We are willing to talk to India about missile defence. Missile defence is very expensive. So, it is not something that India will enter into lightly," visiting US assistant secretary of state for arms control, Stephen Rademaker, told reporters.
NEW DELHI, JUNE 14: Signalling that it’s ready for intensifying defence ties with New Delhi, Washington has cleared the sale of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) anti-missile defence system to India on the eve of Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to the US this month.
Government sources said that the possible sale offer has been conveyed through diplomatic channels to the highest levels including the Defence Ministry.
Though New Delhi has just been informed of the offer, Washington has given a green signal to the PAC-3 manufacturers, Lockheed Martin, to give a technical presentation to India on the state-of-the-art anti-missile defence system. The PAC-3 system is a big step beyond Washington’s earlier offer for sale of PAC-2.