US manufacturer delivers two Ukraine-bound NASAMS to US government
Ukraine can receive NASAMS air defense systems already this month (Photo:ukrmilitary.com)
U.S. aerospace and defense manufacturer Raytheon Technologies has delivered two NASAMS air defense systems to the U.S. government for supply to Ukraine, the company’s chief executive, Greg Hayes, told U.S. television channel CNBC on Oct. 25.
“We did just deliver two NASAMS systems,” he said.
“We delivered two of them to the government a couple of weeks ago. They’re being installed in Ukraine today. It’s a short-range air defense system, and it can fire everything from an AMRAAM to an AIM-120 (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile), and it could knock down everything in the sky from drones to ballistic missiles to fighter jets.”
Following mass Russian missile strikes at Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked the G7 leaders to transfer medium and long-range air defense and anti-missile defense systems to Ukraine.
Ukraine has repeatedly asked foreign partners to help protect its skies from Russian missile attacks.
Earlier, U.S. President Joe Biden condemned Russia’s “senseless attacks” and promised Zelenskyy to continue support with modern air defense systems.
Two NASAMS air defense systems were included in the $820 million U.S. military aid package to Ukraine that was announced on July 1.
The Pentagon also announced approximately $3 billion in additional security assistance for Ukraine, including eight more NASAMS, on Aug. 24.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Ukraine might receive air defense systems in October.
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