Country: Japan Region: Fukuoka
Latitude: 33° 32' 26" N Longitude: 130° 27' 21" E
Area use / Military Branches: Active
JASDF 2nd Air Defence Missile Grp (2nd Patriot garrison Hq). commanding 4 dislocated Firing Units (5,6,7,and 8 all on Kyushu)
PATRIOT system was initially a surface-to-air guided missile system to counter airborne threats. Japan introduced thesystem in 1989
PATRIOT PAC-2(UG), developed after the Gulf War,had limited capability to intercept ballistic missiles. Japan introduced PAC-2(UG) system in 1996
PATRIOT PAC-3 system has enhanced capability to intercept ballistic missiles and is designed to intercept SRBM and MRBM in the terminal phase of a ballistic missile at 10+km altitude.
A Patriot Fire Unit protects an area of several tens of kms in radius. It is mobile and deployed according to the situation.
It consists of an Engagement Control Station, a Radar Set, an Antenna Mast Group, a Power Plant and 5 launchers with 4 missiles per launcher
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