U.S. to send advanced missile defense system to Ukraine
The United States will announce this week that it is sending Ukraine an advanced air defense system, U.S. officials said on Monday, June 27, 2022.
The Biden administration will buy Ukraine a NASAMS system — an advanced, medium-to-long-range surface-to-air missile defense system — that will allow Ukraine to defend its forces from greater distances, an official familiar with the decision said.
Mr. Biden’s decision to authorize the new system came just a day after Russia fired missiles into Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, as leaders of the Group of 7 wealthy nations were beginning a summit in Germany.
Jake Sullivan, Mr. Biden’s national security adviser, told reporters at the G7 summit that the United States intended “to finalize a package that includes advanced medium- and long-range air defense capabilities for the Ukrainians,” but did not provide further details on any specific system.
He said the package would include “some other items of urgent need, including ammunition for artillery and counter-battery radar systems.”
The equipment will be paid for from the emergency funding that Congress passed to assist Ukraine, the official said.