US buys new NASAMS from Raytheon and gives them to Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has ordered more than $182 million worth of NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems for Ukraine. This is stated in a message on the website of the US Department of Defense.

Joint defense between Spanish NASAMS and US AH-64 Apache
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The US Department of Defense has signed a contract with Raytheon Missiles & Defense to purchase air defense systems. NASAMS short- and medium-range anti-aircraft missile systems are intended for Ukraine. Raytheon Co., Tewksbury, Mass., has been awarded a $182,295,333 contract for advanced surface-to-air missile systems.

The Raytheon company itself confirmed the receipt of the order on its website. Raytheon Missiles & Defense and our partners are working diligently to quickly deliver this critical, proven air defense capability to help the Ukrainian people defend their homeland” company management said.

The press release notes that Ukraine will join a dozen countries around the world that rely on NASAMS to counter various air threats, including cruise missiles, aircraft, and unmanned aerial systems. The corporation did not specify the number of air defense systems ordered by the US armed forces.

According to the Pentagon, the estimated date of completion of the production of the air defense system is August 23, 2024. On August 24, it became known that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will receive 6 NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems and their missiles. Air defense systems are included in a new $3 billion US military aid package.

In July, the United States announced another $820 million aid package for Ukraine. According to the spokesman of the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the air defense of Ukraine will receive two batteries of the NASAMS anti-aircraft missile complex.

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