U.S. Planning To Sell Advanced Missile Defense Systems to Ukraine
June 27, 2022 (EIRNS)—U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has confirmed news reports that the Biden Administration will be announcing this week plans to sell advanced air/missile defense systems to Ukraine. “I can confirm that we are, in fact, in the process of finalizing a package that includes advanced air defense capabilities,” he told reporters today. The package will include ammunition for artillery and counter battery radar systems as well.
CNN had reported earlier in the day that the Biden Administration will likely announce, this week, that it has purchased an advanced, medium-to-long range surface-to-air missile defense system for Ukraine. The system, known as NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System), can reportedly hit targets 100 miles away. NASAMS is built by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace and uses ground-launched versions of Raytheon-made air-to-air missiles. The Kiev regime has renewed its demands for advanced anti-missile systems to respond to the barrage of Russian missiles that have been raining down on military targets in Ukraine over the past two days. How long it would take for the Ukrainian military to assimilate such an advanced system and use it effectively in combat has not been said, however, since Ukrainian forces will need to be trained on the system.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, responded to CNN, that Washington has not informed Moscow on any plans to deliver long-range anti-air missile systems to Ukraine. “There were no notifications as far as this matter is concerned. As for actions that will be taken to protect [our] interests, they are taken on an ongoing basis,” Peskov said.