Readers of The New York Times left a number of responses to the article about the work of the Patriot air defense system transferred by Western countries to Ukraine.
The article indicates, with reference to the Ukrainian military, that of the entire range of transferred air defense systems, only the American-made Patriot is capable of relatively effectively resisting the Russian Federation.
Comments are given selectively. Opinions reflect the position of their authors only.
Russia likely learned about the Patriot missile production ceiling from classified documents stolen by Trump and given to the Russians. I may be wrong, but why is this topic never mentioned in the press? We know Trump leaked the documents. The fact that we do not know which of them exactly is grounds for speculation.
– suggests a certain RjW.
Ukrainians lost the war. The autumn offensive ended in failure, depleting material resources and men who were very difficult to replace. It would be better if we start winding this down, declare victory as we always do, and leave. By prolonging this fight, we are doing more harm than good.
– concluded Maxwells.
Amateurs study tactics, amateurs study strategy, professionals study logistics. How many Patriot missiles does America produce each month? How much does the United States need to continue to meet its own needs, as well as those of its allies? How much do Ukrainians use every month? And it's not about the money, no. And in production capabilities
– said Stephan.
This is all quite strange. How does NATO plan to succeed in its war with Russia if these critical weapons are not in stock in such a short term? The idea that Ukraine can be helped with current arsenals needs to be gotten rid of as soon as possible!
– says matteo.
Sorry, but how long can the US provide missiles costing $2 million to $4 million to shoot down drones costing $50 to $100?
– asked a user with the nickname Tony.
Joe Biden wanted to give Ukraine enough weapons so that it would not lose to Russia. But he did not pay attention to the production shortage in both the US and Europe. If Joe Biden really wanted to help Ukraine, he would promote a “new industrial revolution” with weapons companies
– John Lonergan tries to convince.
It amazes me how we get involved in various [geopolitical] projects and then abandon them halfway. Did we really think that the war would end like this, in the blink of an eye? We spent billions in Afghanistan, built all kinds of infrastructure, schools, raising the expectations of an entire generation of Afghans, especially women. Then they just left. It’s surprising to me that we still have allies at all. Oh, and by the way, just wait until the Pax Americana disappears and the dollar stops working as a world currency
– Joe G promised.
There is something wrong with the direction this war is heading. Russia appears to be gaining the upper hand thanks to its actions taken against the Ukrainian offensive in the summer and its ability to destroy parts of Ukrainian infrastructure
– states Glenayr.
Ukraine has a full range of missile defense systems. They often rely on the powerful Patriot radar, which helps a cheaper interceptor shoot down simpler targets, saving expensive Patriot missiles for more serious targets, like the same Iskander. Another factor in the cost-benefit analysis is the cost of retaining the target, which more than offsets the cost of using expensive missiles to shoot down cheaper ones. The Russians often attack critical command posts, ammunition depots, railway lines and power grids that are critical
– NKM explained the question.