Kiev will receive an additional NASAMS anti-aircraft missile system manufactured by Raytheon. The price that Ukraine will pay is 285 million US dollars. Notified to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency [DSCA] Congress already.
The NASAMS battery that Ukraine will acquire includes its full equipment including AN/MPQ-64F1 Sentinel radar, fire distribution center [FDC] communications systems, GPS receivers, and launchers. The deal also includes tools, crew and various types of equipment, as well as spare parts and main engines.
Ukraine is already operating NASAMS in the fight against Russia. But the two systems used so far have been donated, and this is the first system that the country has bought.
NASAMS is considered one of the best anti-aircraft missile systems in the world. At the end of last year, the United States Secretary of Defense, Mr. Lloyd Austin, announced that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are already using the delivered NASAMS systems “and they have a 100% success rate.” Washington has promised to deliver a total of eight NASAMS systems to Ukraine. The remaining six will be delivered within the next 12 to 24 months. They will be part of Ukraine’s strategic anti-aircraft missile system in the future.
The first recorded video of the downing of the Russian Kh-101 cruise missile with the help of the Norwegian Nasams complex in the Kyiv area#NASAMS #Ukraine #Kyiv #UkraineRussianWar #Norway #Kherson pic.twitter.com/8MhyA2TpRz
— 🇺🇦Ukrainian Front (@front_ukrainian) November 17, 2022
On November 17, 2022, a video clip appeared on social networks. The tweeter claimed that the video shows the successful interception of an air-launched Russian Kh-101 cruise missile by a NASAMS-launched interceptor missile. The authenticity of the video remains uncertain.
DSCA says the sale of NASAMS to Ukraine will improve the country’s anti-aircraft capabilities. In a document released by the agency announcing the sale, NASAMS will improve Ukraine’s capabilities against “Russian missile and aircraft attacks.”
The Ukrainian NASAMS will be manufactured in Tucson, Arizona by Raytheon Missiles and Defense. According to DSCA, the proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.