The Pentagon told when the U.S. will hand over NASAMS SAMs to Ukraine
By: Myroslav Trinko
Following the new military assistance, the Pentagon also revealed when the U.S. plans to transfer a NASAMS surface-to-air missile system to Ukraine.
According to the Pentagon information, Ukraine will receive the Norwegian SAMs in the next two-three months. It will take some time to train, although it is not ruled out that the Ukrainian armed forces are already training to use them.
Ukraine will receive two NASAMS batteries, not just two surface-to-air missile systems. The exact number of SAMs is not specified, but it is known that the NASAMS III battery consists of six mobile missile launchers on caterpillar chassis.
NASAMS is a mobile SAM for the destruction of manoeuvring targets at low and medium altitudes. The system was developed in the early 1990s by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence with the participation of American Raytheon. The SAM entered service with the Norwegian Armed Forces in 1994. AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles have a range of 20-40 km and a maximum altitude of 20 km. The cost of one such battery is about $65 million.