US plans to send Ukraine upgraded Cold War-era munitions

5 January, 10:22 PM
Hawk air defense (Photo:Łukasz Pacholski/www.flickr.com)

Hawk air defense (Photo:Łukasz Pacholski/www.flickr.com)

The United States has launched a program to bring up Cold War-era weapons from cold storage, upgrade them, and send them to Ukraine, Politico reported on Jan. 4.

Politico’s sources claim that negotiations regarding the use of Cold War-era ammunition to aid Ukraine have begun in Washington. One such program has already been launched: missiles for the long-decommissioned U.S. HAWK air defense systems will receive the necessary upgrades to be sent to Ukraine to fight Russian forces.

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HAWK missiles will be paired with several launchers that Spain has promised to deliver to Ukraine, as HAWK system is still in use in some European countries.

Washington is also looking for ways to cut off Iranian drone deliveries to Russia.

“We are assessing further steps we can take in terms of export controls to restrict Iran’s access to technologies used in drones,” said National Security Council Spokesperson, Adrienne Watson.

On Dec. 2, Spain handed over the first HAWK anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine and announced it will provide training to military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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