posted on Feb, 14 2003 @ 08:05 PM
Everyone assumes that the Patriot anti aircraft (and it was anti aircraft, not anti missle as believed) missle is the top of the line in air
defence... its not, and it wasnt even the top of the line back in 1991. We fielded it because we knew that bio/chem weapons wouldnt be used in that
conflict (Gulf war was totally planned out from the beginning).
The Patriot has been obsoleted, and is currently being phased out of service. Its replacement underwent live fire exercises in Isreal last week, and
had a FAR better kill ratio than the Patriot.
Of course, missles are soon to be declared a dinosaur for antimissle defense.... we have been developing laser weapons for the last 20 years, and 3
months ago, in another joint US/Isreali exercise, a ground based laser took down a 155mm artillery shell in mid air.
However, our most effective air defense system is one that is currently in place, and the general public knowns nothing about it, although everyone
has seen its effects..... HAARP