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Kuwaiti Defense Forces Test Patriot Missiles

The Kuwait Air Defense Forces successfully conducted tests of their Patriot Air and Missile Defense System against five ballistic missile targets in December, according to a Jan. 11 Raytheon press release.

Kuwait’s Patriot Advanced Configuration-2 Plus fire control unit fired missiles that destroyed two Patriot missiles that were being used as targets and three other missiles that were emulating a foreign tactical missile attack, the press release said. The tests conducted at Udairi Range were part of a joint Kuwait air force-army exercise.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems of Tewksbury, Mass., is the Patriot’s prime contractor, providing the system for the United States, Kuwait and 10 other allied nations.