Sweden, US sign agreement for Patriot
Sixteen nations now rely on Patriot System for missile defense
The government of Sweden signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon's Patriot® air and missile defense system from the U.S. Army. The agreement, formally referred to as a Letter of Offer and Acceptance, paves the way for Sweden’s Patriot force to rapidly reach initial operational capability.
“Sweden and 15 other countries trust our Patriot system to defend its citizens, military and sovereignty because Patriot has a proven track record of defeating ballistic missiles and a host of other aerial threats,” said Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. “Patriot in Sweden will enhance North Atlantic security and further strengthen the trans-Atlantic partnership by providing a common approach to integrated air and missile defense.”
Patriot is the backbone of Europe’s defense against ballistic and cruise missiles, advanced aircraft and drones.
The 16 Patriot Nations are:
- United States of America
- The Netherlands
- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Republic of Korea
- United Arab Emirates