US to deliver NASAMS air defense missile systems to Ukraine
According to information published by "The Times of Israel" on June 27, 2022, during the G7 meeting, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that the United States would send to Ukraine NASAMS, medium to long range air defense missile systems.
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Launcher unit of NASAMS air defense missile system. (Picture source Army Recognition)
Citing information from "The Times of Israel", the U.S. President Joe Biden will announce in the next few days the delivery of NASAMS, a Norwegian air defense missile system designed and manufactured by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace teamed up with Raytheon from the United States for the missile.
On June 24, 2022, the United States Department of Defense announced a new military aid for Ukraine with the delivery of 18 coastal and riverine patrol boats.
In addition to the coastal and riverine patrol boats, the latest presidential drawdown authority security assistance package to Ukraine includes four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS; 36,000 rounds of 105 mm ammunition; 18 tactical vehicles with which to move 155 mm artillery; 1,200 Mk 19 grenade launchers; and 2,000 machine guns.
NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) is a medium to long-range air defense missile system designed and manufactured by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace teamed up with Raytheon from the United States for the missile. Since the introduction in Norway in 2015, another four countries in NATO and the EU have acquired NASAMS.
A standard NASAMS unit has a modular design including a command post called FDC Fire Distribution Center, an active 3D radar AN/MPQ64F1 Sentinel, a passive electro-optic and infra-red sensor, and a number of missile canister launchers with AMRAAM missiles. Usually, four NASAMS units are connected in a battalion network.
The missile of the NASAMS can engage 72 targets simultaneously in active and passive modes. The primary missile of the system is AIM-120 AMRAAM. The missile is able to hit targets at a range of up to 40 km and at an altitude of up to 14 km.