January 22, 1991 |
Only weeks after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait last August, the Pentagon ordered Raytheon Co. to accelerate production of a new version of the Patriot missile system, one of the first mobilizations of industry during the gulf crisis. It was Patriot missiles produced in that surge of activity that shot down nine Iraqi Scud missiles over the weekend. Since last August, Raytheon has been operating its plant in Andover, Mass.
January 24, 1991 |
Off in the distance, the great boxes were tilted at an angle, as if balancing precariously on the hard-packed land of the desert. These were the Patriot missile batteries that have been the defenders of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, as well as Dhahran in the Eastern Province, since the shooting war with Iraq began.
January 28, 1991 |
Greek Foreign Minister Antonis Samaras flew to the United States to seek more U.S. military aid, specifically Patriot anti-missile missiles to defend against possible Iraqi attack. Officials said Samaras is to meet with Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Defense Secretary Dick Cheney in Washington today. The Greek minister flew to New York after returning to Athens from visits to Cairo and Damascus.
September 9, 2001 |
From its first fiery launch 10 years ago during the Persian Gulf War, the Patriot antimissile system has been tailed by controversy. To admirers it was the hero "Scud buster" that shielded U.S. troops from Iraqi missiles; to critics, a hyped hardware that missed far more warheads than it destroyed. This month, the first units of a new Patriot missile will be delivered from an Arkansas assembly plant to an Army air defense battalion at Ft. Bliss, Texas.
January 18, 1991 |
An American Patriot missile made a point today. The Patriot intercepted an Iraqi Scud early in the morning moments before the enemy projectile would have reached U.S.-led troops at Dhahran International Air Field. "I'm glad it worked," a relieved Navy Lt. Cmdr. Ron Morse said of the widely criticized Patriot. "Some congressman have complained that it isn't any good, that the Navy doesn't know how to use it," Morse scoffed. "Well, I guess we showed them."
January 21, 1991 |
Israel spurned a U.S. offer of Patriot missiles and U.S. crews to operate them just days before Iraq sent Scud missiles crashing into Israeli cities, military sources said today. Israel already had two Patriot missile batteries under an agreement with Washington in September, but Israeli crews were not fully trained to use the weapon. Iraq fired at least 11 Scuds at Israel Friday and Saturday, slightly wounding 28 people. U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1992
Rumors and allegations that Israel illegally transferred U.S. weapons technology to third countries have not been laid to rest, despite strong denials from Jerusalem. A statement last week from the Israeli Embassy in Washington, noting that reports of unauthorized sales "are sensitive matters which are subject to negotiations" between the two governments, may in fact have unintentionally undercut some of the denials.
January 26, 1994 |
The Clinton Administration is considering sending Patriot anti-missile batteries to South Korea to strengthen U.S. forces there and help discourage any possible attacks by North Korea, officials here said Tuesday. The move, which still requires a final decision by the President, was requested two weeks ago by Gen. Gary Luck, commander of U.S. forces in Korea, in the face of a continuing buildup of North Korean troops along the border.
April 21, 2003 |
The Patriot antimissile system, hailed by U.S. officials as one of the high-tech success stories of the Iraq war, also inflicted some of the most damaging "friendly fire" of the conflict. The Defense Department has acknowledged that the antimissile system was involved in the downing of two allied warplanes, resulting in the deaths of three airmen. The two aircraft -- one American and one British -- are the only confirmed cases of planes being shot down during the war.