Norway to supply two additional NASAMS anti-air batteries to Ukraine
NASAMS AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM (Photo:ukrmilitary.com)
Norway will send Ukraine additional NASAMS air defense batteries – on top of the ones provided by the United States in 2022, Norwegian Defense Minister Bjorn Arild Gram said during a visit to Kyiv on March 10.
The decision was made after a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov.
According to a statement on the ministry’s website, Ukraine will receive six launchers and two control centers, effectively doubling the number of NASAMS systems Kyiv has at its disposal. The United States provided the first two batteries in 2022.
“Ukraine has a strong need for more air defense, and Norway will contribute what we can,” Norwegian broadcaster TV2 quotes Gram.
Additionally, Ukraine is negotiating with Norway about training Ukrainian pilots, according to Zelenskyy.
“We’re beginning talks with Norway as to the possibility of a mission to train our pilots,” the president said during his evening address.
First NASAMS systems arrived in Ukraine on Nov. 7, 2022. Ukrainian military officials praised their effectiveness, claiming they have a perfect track record in intercepting Russian cruise missiles.
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