Ukraine about to receive NASAMS AA systems
Yuriy Butusov (Photo:www.facebook.com/butusov.yuriy)
Several dozen Ukrainian troops in Germany are finishing their training in operating NASAMS anti-air systems, with first several complexes expected to be delivered to Ukraine in the coming days, The New York Times reported on Nov. 1, citing U.S. officials.
According to the report, Norwegian instructors have been training nearly 100 Ukrainian soldiers to operate the air defense systems, for several weeks now, at a U.S. military base in Germany.
A senior U.S. Department of Defense officials earlier said that the United States will provide Ukraine with eight NASAMS systems: two are to be delivered “in near future,” with the rest coming later.
Two NASAMS batteries were included in the $820 million U.S. security assistance package to Ukraine, announced on July 1. The other six were pledged in the subsequent $3 billion package, announced on Aug. 24 – Ukraine’s Independence Day.
Raytheon Technologies – the company that produces NASAMS – announced on Oct. 25 that the first two units were delivered to the U.S. government, ready to be transferred to Ukraine.
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