Military expert explains capabilities of Ukraine’s new Italian-made Aspide air defense systems

9 November 2022, 07:23 PM
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Israeli Defence Forces officer and military analyst Yigal Levin in an interview with Radio NV on Nov. 8 has explained how the Italian Aspide systems Ukraine has received from Spain will bolster the country’s air defenses.

"It's a good system,” Levin said. “It's a short-range land-based missile system. It can down planes, helicopters, drones.”

“Most importantly, they can shoot down maneuvering targets. Unlike medium range NASAMS, which can be used for high targets, it's a short-range system. NASAMS can shoot challenging maneuvering targets, while Aspide can shoot almost everything except missiles, I think. They can definitely work on drones, planes and helicopters."

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Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov tweeted on Nov. 7 that NASAMS and Aspide air defence systems had arrived in Ukraine. Ukrainian troops are being trained how to use the Aspide system in Spain.

Commenting on the new delivery of weapons, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the country is on its way to achieving a 100% closed sky to the enemy.

The Aspide air defence system, along with four Hawk systems, was included in the most recent package of support received by Ukraine from Spain.

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