Army news service (Dec. 10, 2004): Army announces Patriot Missile System's performance in Operation Iraqi Freedom.The U.S. Army announced today its investigation into the Patriot Missile System's performance in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF OIF Operation Iraqi Freedom
OIF Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (French: International Organization of Francophonie)
OIF Office for Intellectual Freedom (American Library Association) ). The system was found to be successful in performing its mission protecting troops and assets against enemy tactical ballistic missiles A tactical ballistic missile is a ballistic missile designed for short-range battlefield use. Typically range is less than 300 km. Tactical ballistic missiles are usually mobile to ensure survivability and quick deployment, as well as carrying a variety of warheads to target enemy . Patriot systems intercepted all nine Iraqi TBMs they engaged, with nine of nine intercepts resulting in destruction of the incoming enemy missile. The Patriot system undoubtedly saved many lives and prevented significant damage or destruction of millions of dollars of coalition property or to neighboring countries.
Patriot missile operations were conducted on an extremely dense and complex battlefield where more than 41,000 sorties were flown by coalition air forces. Forty-one active duty Army and 13 coalition Patriot batteries were deployed to OIF, serving in eight countries.
Two unfortunate incidents of fratricide frat·ri·cide
1. The killing of one's brother or sister.
2. One who has killed one's brother or sister.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin or "friendly fire" involving U.S. Navy F/A-18 and British Royal Air Force Tornado aircraft resulted in three fatalities. The U.S. Army regrets the loss of life and expresses condolences to the family members.
In a third incident, a U.S. Air Force F-16 fired on a Patriot battery, but there were no deaths or injuries. United States Central Command "Central Command" redirects here. For the Israeli command, see Central Command (Israel).
The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) is a theater-level Unified Combatant Command unit of the U.S. armed forces, established in 1983 under the operational control of the U. (USCENTCOM USCENTCOM United States Central Command ) concluded their investigations into these incidents, and results are posted on the CENTCOM CENTCOM US Central Command
CENTCOM Coalition Central Command Web site at <http://www.centcom.mil>. Application of lessons learned in OIF has already improved upon Patriot's performance, and the system will be continuously refined. Improvements include combinations of hardware modifications, software changes, and updates to tactics, techniques, and procedures.
Some changes include the integration of satellite radio technology at the Battalion Information Coordination Central, which provides improved situational awareness Situation awareness or situational awareness  (SA) is the mental representation and understanding of objects, events, people, system states, interactions, environmental conditions, and other situation-specific factors affecting human performance in through voice and data connectivity with higher headquarters Identification and Engagement Authority as well as enhanced command and control; and software improvements that enable better identification, classification, and correlation of airborne objects. In addition, the Army continues to explore and evaluate new opportunities to improve performance and reduce the risk of fratricide.
Patriot remains an important part of an integrated joint air defense system, and its soldier operators receive extensive training in a highly realistic Joint Service environment. The system is a unique and viable weapon that is continuously being upgraded and improved to defend against rapidly evolving threats to the U.S. and its allies.
For further information contact Army Public Affairs Those public information, command information, and community relations activities directed toward both the external and internal publics with interest in the Department of Defense. Also called PA. See also command information; community relations; public information. , Lt. Col. Tom Rheinlander at 703-697-7589, e-mail email@example.com.