The United States announced a new $820 million Ukrainian military assistance that includes the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS). The Pentagon deal signifies the beginning of a contracting process for significant equipment, including up to 150,000 rounds of155mm artillery ammunition, through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.
NASAMS can be a problematic adversary for tactical aircraft (possibly with the exception of the Su-57), helicopters, drones, and subsonic cruise missiles (Caliber, Kh-101, 9M728). Against high-speed targets (from Oniks to Kinzhal) the effectiveness of this system seems improbable.5/
NASAMS is used.
Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace in Norway and Raytheon Technologies in the United States are developing the advanced weapons, which are a departure from the traditional Russian-made air defense systems, like the S-300.This system, co-produced by Norway and the United States, is a NATO system, therefore, it is vital for us to begin to assist the Ukrainians in their transition to a Soviet-style system and incorporate some of this modern technology on Friday.
How quickly will the new weapons arrive? Contracts are expected to be signed in weeks or months, but Ukrainian forces will need extensive training to use the ultra-efficient systems.
According to a Pentagon statement, the US Department of Defense recognizes Norway's commitment to enable the United States to provide historic air defense systems to Ukraine to protect against Russia's brutal air strikes. This suggests that the systems being shipped to Ukraine may be made by Norwegian suppliers.
Grateful for the new weapons.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine addressed the United States on Twitter, saying, "I support the United States' historic decision to provide modern air defense equipment to the United Arab Emirates." Thank you for your continued leadership and support of UA in its struggle against the aggressor. Together, we shall achieve victory."
The new arms package increases the amount of US security assistance to Ukraine since the Biden administration's inception to about $7.6 billion. That's an impressive sum, especially considering that the country is headed for a recession.
France has promised to send six more long-range self-propelled "Caesar" weapons to Ukraine, another powerful weapon last month. Will this help be enough for Ukraine to put an end to this conflict once and for all? Only time will tell.