The U.S. military is set to begin training Ukrainian forces to operate and maintain the Patriot missile defense system at an Army base in Oklahoma as soon as next week, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.
The U.S. will train 90 to 100 Ukrainians on the system over the course of the next several months, according to Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder. The training will take place at Fort Sill, Okla., where the primary training school for U.S. and allied forces on Patriot is located, he said.
The Biden administration announced last month that it would provide a Patriot missile system — a sophisticated air defense system designed to shoot down incoming missiles and aircraft — to Ukraine to help it counter Russian attacks. One Patriot battery, which includes several support vehicles carrying control stations, radars and generators, typically takes around 90 troops to maintain and operate.