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US to send NASAMS air defense systems to Ukraine as part of new $820 million military aid package

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In addition, assistance includes counter-battery radars and additional ammunition for artillery and the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system.

The United States will send an 820 million dollar military aid package to Ukraine which includes two advanced medium and long-range air defense systems NASAMS and four counter-battery radars, as confirmed this Friday by the US Department of Defense.

Furthermore, assistance will include additional ammunition for artillery and the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system.

“It is important for us to start helping the Ukrainians transition their air defense systems from what is now a Soviet-type one,” said a senior Pentagon official quoted by Defense News.

NASAMS systems are used to protect the airspace over the White House and the Pentagon and have been exported in recent years to India and Hungary, among other countries.

The announcement of the new military package had been anticipated on Thursday by President Joe Biden at a press conference in Madrid during the NATO summit. “The United States is leading the way. We have provided Ukraine with nearly $7 billion in security assistance since I took office,” he said at the time.

Meanwhile, the Department of Defense is currently reviewing 1,300 proposals from 800 arms companies that want to sell their next-generation products to come up with commercial capabilities and innovative weapons that can be produced for shipment to kyiv.

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