More NASAMS for Ukraine, but delivery of other SAMs is also possible

WASHINGTON — The US is committed to supplying Ukraine with more advanced anti-aircraft missile systems. This became clear after a telephone conversation between US President Joe Biden and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. Russian missile attacks on Monday, October 10th over several Ukrainian cities prompted the White House’s new commitment.

US allowed Kuwait to acquire NASAMS in a multi-billion dollar deal
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However, at this time it is not known if specific air defense delivery systems have been discussed. There is no information and how soon they will be delivered to Ukraine. CNN recalled that the US already has a commitment to supply National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems or NASAMS.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the first NASAMS is already in Ukraine and is located around Kyiv. This happened almost three months after the US made a commitment to deliver this air defense system. More US-Norwegian NASAMS air defense systems may be deployed in Ukraine, but it is also quite possible that another type and model of air defense systems will be delivered.

Joe Biden assured Zelensky that US and allied efforts to impose sanctions on Russia continue. Biden expressed regret for Monday’s Russian missile strikes and offered his condolences to the families of those killed. The White House host also assured that the US will continue to send weapons and humanitarian and economic aid.

Zelensky, for his part, called the Russian missile attacks “terror.” However, according to the Ukrainian president, they are a sign of weakness and show that Russia is losing on the battlefield.

NASAMS in brief

NASAMS is Norway’s national air defense system. Its range is medium and is designed to counter drones, helicopters, and all types of fighter jets. NASAMS successfully resisted, intercepted, and destroyed cruise missiles.

Currently, nine countries are operating this anti-aircraft missile system and five more are in line waiting for a response to its acquisition. NASAMS has an average range: of between 25 and 30 km, depending on the missile used. The maximum altitude at which the rocket flies is 21 km.

Spain has deployed the short- to medium-range NASAMS in Latvia
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NASAMS can be integrated into vehicles and thus from a ground-based to become a mobile system for difficult terrain. The system can often be seen on a 6×6 chassis, but its practicality is that after a quick modification it can be easily integrated into vehicles with a 4×4 chassis.

NASAMS I of the system works with US-built MPQ-64 Sentinel air defense X band 3D radar, but NASAMS II in addition to having Link 16 has a significant update of the radar system, as experts say that it is better than version 1 It should be noted that NASAMS has secondary armaments that serve the crew of the system to provide protection in close combat. Secondary integrated weapons are the RBS 70 laser beam assisted MANPADS system, and the Bofors 40mm L70 gun [controlled by the Oerlikon Contraves FCS2000 mono-pulse doppler tracking radar].

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