NASAMS: Ukraine receives first air defense systems!

This was announced by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov on his Twitter.

These anti-aircraft missile systems should significantly strengthen the air defense of Ukraine.

The US Department of Defense signed a contract with Raytheon Missiles & Defense in late August to acquire two NASAMS systems. The total value of the agreement is $182 million. The Pentagon, however, stressed that the US Army will not be receiving these SAMs until August 2024.

As a result, it is probable that the air defense systems promised to Ukraine will be provided by existing US or allied systems.

On October 12, the United Kingdom announced the delivery of AMRAAM missiles to Ukraine for use in NASAMS air defense systems.

These missiles, according to United Kingdom Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace, will let Ukraine defend the sky and enhance missile defense.

On October 12, the Netherlands also announced the supply of air defense systems to Ukraine for a total of 15 million euros.

NASAMS air defense systems are meant to counter aircraft, UAVs, helicopters, and hostile cruise missiles. The system consists of mobile launchers, each with six anti-aircraft missile packages. Radar stations are also part of the SAM.

The NASAMS II anti-aircraft system has a range of up to 25 km and an operational altitude of 14-15 km when equipped with AIM-120C AMRAAM missiles.

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