US to send Ukraine advanced NASAMS air defense weapons in $820 million package

In response to Russia’s strong reliance on long-range strikes in the conflict, the US pledges $820 million in new military supplies, including counter-artillery radars.

In order to help Ukraine fight off the Russian invasion, the US said it would deliver two NASAMS surface-to-air missile systems, four counter-artillery radars, and over 150,000 155mm artillery rounds to Ukraine.

The new supplies will be a part of the most recent US aid package for Ukraine, according to the Pentagon, which was revealed by US President Joe Biden at a meeting of NATO leaders and is anticipated to cost $820 million.

There are also rumours that the package revealed on Thursday may include additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).

With a campaign of long-range missile attacks that have shook Ukrainian cities and a string of Russian victories on the ground in eastern Ukraine, the US hopes its most recent help will strengthen the Ukrainian resistance.

Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine have been the centre of Russia’s offensive in an effort to persuade Kiev to abandon its plans to retake those provinces from Russia.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on February 24 and resulted in widespread death and displacement in Ukraine as well as turmoil in global markets and supply systems, the US has contributed over $7 billion to the war effort in Ukraine.

US Vice President Joe Biden stated this week at a news conference held during the NATO meeting in Madrid, “We are going to assist Ukraine as long as it takes.”

According to Biden, the US is providing Ukraine with “the capacity” so “they can continue to withstand the Russian onslaught.” I’m not sure how it will finish, but it won’t involve Russia defeating Ukraine there, I think.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, expressed appreciation.

“I am especially appreciative of the United States and Joe Biden for the support package presented today for Ukraine, which includes the extremely potent NASAMS – an anti-aircraft missile system that will greatly improve our air defence. In his weekly video message late on Friday, Zelenskyy stated, “We have fought hard for these supplies.

According to The Associated Press, a large portion of the help officially announced on Friday will take weeks or months to reach Ukraine.

While the US continues to provide the majority of the funding for the Ukrainian war effort, other nations have also increased their support.

Ukraine now gets Bayraktar TB2 combat drones thanks to Turkey.

More than $500 million in support, including armoured vehicles, anti-tank missiles, air defence systems, rockets, and explosives, have been pledged by the United Kingdom.

Additionally, Canada has donated goods worth more than $200 million since February. Several of Ukraine’s neighbours, notably Poland and Slovakia, as well as nations like Spain, France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark have also offered help.

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