The Patriot provides protection against enemy planes and tactical ballistic
missiles. The system consists of the M901 launch station, a remotely operated
four-canister unit mounted on an M860 semitrailer, with its own electronics
pack, data link cable, and generator. The prime mover of the M901 is either
the M818 tractor or the M983 HEMTT (heavy expanded mobility tactical truck).
The Patriot usually is deployed in a battery of five to eight launchers, in
conjunction with an electric power plant, an OE-349/MRC antenna mast group,
an AN/MPQ-53 radar unit, and an AN/MSQ-116 engagement control center. In addition,
each battery has other dedicated support vehicles, to include missile reload
trailer transporters and maintenance trucks.
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