Back to the 1970s when concerns over the increasing threat of ballistic missiles grew

The US Army started the Advanced Surface-To-Air Missile System program to develop a new defence system against ballistic missiles

The program aimed to provide defence against Soviet ballistic missiles targeting key military installations and population centres in the United States and its allies

That is how the MIM-104 Patriot system came into existence

It is believed that the heart of the system, known as the “Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target”, is behind the tremendous success of this missile

The MIM (Mobile Interceptor Missile)-104 Patriot revolutionized air defence through the integration of cutting-edge technologies

Commencing full-scale development in 1976, the system swiftly deployed to crucial military locations across the United States, beginning in 1984

Remarkably, the Patriot system superseded both the Nike Hercules and the MIM-23 Hawk systems

The Patriot SAM system underwent multiple iterations and upgrades throughout the years, aiming to enhance its effectiveness and address emerging threats

The Patriot equipment includes four major operational functions, which are communications, command and control, radar monitoring, and missile guidance