The United States will deliver the first two advanced NASAMS anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine over the next two months.
Advanced anti-aircraft weapons head to Ukraine in 2 months
The Pentagon will deliver the first two advanced NASAMS anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine in the next two months, providing Kyiv with a weapon that it has pressed for since earlier this year.
Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder told Pentagon reporters on Tuesday that six more of the Norwegian-developed weapons will be delivered in the future, as much as a year or two from now. Recent reports that some of the US-provided NASAMS were already in Ukraine were not correct.
The NASAMS will provide medium-to-long-range defense against Russian missile attacks. Their impending delivery comes as Russia tries to rebound from recent combat losses and politically solidify gains by holding referendums in four occupied regions in the south and east.
The Kremlin-orchestrated referendums, which have been dismissed as illegitimate by the US and its Western allies, are expected to be used as a pretext for Moscow to annex those regions.