US to transfer additional Avenger, NASAMS systems to Ukraine, Pentagon chief says

20 January, 07:06 PM
Lloyd Austin (Photo:REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

Lloyd Austin (Photo:REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

The United States will transfer additional National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) and eight Avenger air defense systems to Ukraine as part of a new military aid package, the U.S. Department of Defense has announced.

“Our new package provides even more air defense capabilities to help Ukraine defend its cities and its skies,” the Pentagon said in a statement, quoting Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin as saying on Jan. 20.

This includes new NASAMS, and eight Avenger air defense systems, Austin said.

According to Austin, the assistance package also helps address Ukraine’s need for armor and combat vehicles.

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The military aid package includes:

  • 59 more Bradley infantry fighting vehicles;
  • 90 Stryker combat vehicles;
  • 53 mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, known as MRAPs;
  • 350 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (Humvees).

U.S. Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said on Jan. 19 that there is currently “no sense” in supplying Ukraine with U.S.-made M1 Abrams main battle tanks.

According to Singh, Abrams tanks consume too much fuel for Kyiv’s forces to keep any meaningful number of them supplied – in contrast to UK Challenger 2 and German Leopard 2 tanks.

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