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Israel to retire Patriot anti-missile batteries

The batteries, which helped shoot down unfriendly aircraft, missiles, and drones right down to the current war, will now be replaced with more advanced systems.

Gunning for hostile objects in the air. (Photo: IDF Spokesperson)

After many years of service in the IDF, protecting Israel's skies across the country, American-produced Patriot anti-missile missile batteries are set to be retired, according to the IDF.

The batteries served to protect Israel's skies in many wars, including during the current war in Gaza, but as the commander of the Patriot battalion, Lt.-Col. Matan noted, "The Patriot is an old system whose maintenance is challenging, and we are therefore currently in the process of reducing the batteries and then closing down the whole system."

They will then be replaced with more advanced and easier to maintain systems.

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