The United States and its NATO allies are discussing with several countries in the Middle East the transfer of NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) to Ukraine, said the CEO of manufacturing company Raytheon Co. Greg Hayes. According to him, it is planned to send the air defense system to Kyiv within the next three to six months. Which countries are participating in the discussion, he did not specify.
In an interview Politico Mr. Hayes said that the US will replace the transferred systems with new ones within the next 24 months. He explained that shipping the systems from the Middle East would be faster than building them in the US, which typically takes the two years it takes to buy electronic components and rocket motors.
“NASASMS are deployed in the Middle East, and some of our NATO allies and ourselves are working with a couple of Middle Eastern countries that currently use NASAMS and are trying to send them to Ukraine,” said the head of Raytheon Co.
According to Politico, American NASAMS complexes were bought by Oman and Qatar. How many specific air defense systems they purchased is unknown. The US administration will have to separately approve an agreement on the transfer of systems of complexes to Ukraine.
Yesterday, December 1, the Pentagon signed a $1.2 billion contract with Raytheon to purchase NASAMS air defense systems for Ukraine. In November, the military department said that it had sent eight NASAMS systems to Kyiv. In the same month, US President Joe Biden instructed Ukraine to secure another $400 million in military support. The new aid package will include, in particular, additional ammunition for NASAMS.
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