The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has received a new Patriot missile defence battery, which will be dismantled and used to upgrade existing batteries to further enhance the nation’s defence capabilities against new threats.

The new software and hardware upgrades will enable the existing Patriot launchers and associated components to operate the system’s new-generation Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC) 3 interceptors, reported the Jerusalem Post.

The PAC 3 interceptors enable the launch of up to 16 missiles each rather the current four missiles.

The Patriot, a mid-tier component of Israel’s multi-layered missile defence system, is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather, surface-to-air missile (SAM) defence system capable of destroying tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft systems.

The missile defence system, produced by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, features advanced aerial interceptor missiles and high-performance radar systems.

The missile is also in service in Taiwan, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan and Spain.

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The IAF uses the Iron Dome for intercepting short-range rockets and Arrow 2 for long-range ballistic missiles.

The nation has plans to replace the Patriot with a longer range missile defence system, David’s Sling, which is currently being developed by RAFAEL and Raytheon.