Ukraine claims to have received US anti-aircraft missiles

President Zelensky said Ukraine had received NASAMS anti-aircraft missiles and thanked the US for the decision to deliver these weapons.

“I want to thank President Biden for making a positive decision. Please inform the US Congress, we have received NASAMS anti-aircraft missiles,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said on September 25 in an interview. with the American broadcaster CBS.

NASAMS stands for Norwegian Advanced Air Defense Complex, using AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, with a range of about 25-30 km and high accuracy. This complex can also fire all models of missiles used on NATO fighters.

However, President Zelensky said that the NASAMS complexes transferred by the US were not enough to protect all of Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and homes.

“Why do we need this model of anti-aircraft missile? We need to ensure security so that Ukrainians can go home. If it is safe, they will go back to live, work and pay taxes, then we do not there’s a budget deficit of $5 billion. That’s going to be a positive thing for everyone,” Mr. Zelensky said.

Russia has not commented on the information of the President of Ukraine.

The NASAMS medium-range air defense missile complex fires.  Photo: Kongsberg.

The NASAMS medium-range air defense missile complex fires. Image: Kongsberg.

The Pentagon announced on July 1 that it would provide Ukraine with two NASAMS complexes after Kiev requested the delivery of this weapon to strengthen its defense capabilities.

NASAMS is one of the most successful weapons projects in the history of Norway, as well as the only fixed air defense complex deployed in the US territory, to protect the airspace of Washington capital.

The US is currently the largest military supporter for Ukraine with many modern heavy weapons, including HIMARS rocket systems, M777 howitzers and combat drones.

Washington has pledged about $14 billion in military aid to Kiev. In early September, the White House asked Congress to allocate an additional $11.7 billion in military assistance to Ukraine by early 2023.

Nguyen Tien (Theo Guardian)

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