NASAMS air defense systems included in the new package of military assistance to Ukraine from the United States for $ 820 million

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NASAMS air defense systems

The new $820 million package of US military assistance to Ukraine includes additional deliveries of shells for an American jet HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), two NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems, up to 150,000 shells for 155-millimeter artillery, and four counter-battery radars, according to the Pentagon website.

The Defense Ministry noted that since the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, the United States has provided approximately $6.9 billion in military assistance to Kyiv, and since President Joe Biden— about $7.6 billion.

Biden announced new arms supplies to Ukraine the day before, on June 30th. He said that in addition to HIMARS ammunition, which Washington is already supplying to Kyiv (the first batch of MLRS capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 80 km, and shells for them arrived in the country on June 23), counter-battery radars and artillery will be included in the aid package.

NASAMS was developed in the 90s by the Norwegian company Kongsberg together with the American Raytheon. The air defense system was adopted by the Norwegian Air Force in 1994. Also, these complexes in various modifications are in service with Spain, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Finland and other countries. The system can hit targets at a distance of more than 100 miles (160 km), writes CNN. At the end of June, Politico journalist Paul McLeary reported that the Ukrainian military was already learning how to operate them.

On June 29, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the countries— members of the alliance at the summit in Madrid approved a package of assistance to Ukraine, which includes, among other things, communications, supplies of fuel, medical equipment, equipment to fight drones.

Western countries began to increase arms supplies to Ukraine due to the Russian military operation, which began on February 24. Since then, they have supplied or committed to supply Kyiv with weapons, military equipment and funds for military purposes totaling approximately $38.5 billion.

The Russian authorities have repeatedly accused Western countries of “pumping” Ukraine with weapons and warned of the risk of escalation. At the same time, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that this would not prevent Russia from achieving the declared goals of the military operation. President Vladimir Putin named among them “demilitarization” and “denazification” Ukraine, as well as the "liberation of Donbass".

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