Ukraine corrects information on receiving US anti-aircraft missiles

The office of the President of Ukraine said that Washington has not yet handed over the NASAMS air defense system, but has agreed to supply this weapon to Kiev.

“We have received the decision and consensus of the United States, but the NASAMS systems are not yet present in Ukraine,” said spokesman for the President’s Office of Ukraine Serhii Nykyforov today.

The remarks came hours after CBS published an interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Zelensky “thanked President Joe Biden and the US Congress for making a positive decision” and said ” we received the NASAMS”.

Russian and US officials have not commented on the report.

The NASAMS system fires during a test run.  Photo: Kongsberg.

The NASAMS system fires during a test run. Image: Kongsberg.

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.

This 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 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. However, President Zelensky believes that the NASAMS complexes are not enough to protect all of Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure.

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.

Vu Anh (Theo Union)

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