The US has delivered eight US-Norwegian Nasam air defense systems to Ukraine.
The Russian army repeatedly attacks from the air. Putin’s troops are trying to destroy critical infrastructure in Ukraine using kamikaze drones and missiles. Power plants, oil and gas storage facilities and transport hubs are attacked by long-range fire. In particular, cheap drones from Iran are being launched in droves. And the Ukrainians have a problem shooting them all down.
Experts are of the opinion that the Ukrainian air defense was not adequately positioned from the beginning, as “Spiegel” writes. Systems like the Buk and S-300 are considered reliable, but lack sufficient quantities and long-term suitable ammunition. The sad balance in Ukraine: Russian airstrikes have already damaged more than a third of the electricity supply. The Ukrainian government is asking residents to save electricity as much as possible.
But now the Ukrainians have received another defense shipment from the West. Including eight Nasams air defense systems. “They would significantly strengthen the Ukrainian military and make our airspace safer,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said Monday. He thanked “our partners – Norway, Spain and the USA”. Ukrainians especially hope in the Nasams system.
Nasams versatile on the battlefield
The system was developed by the Norwegian Konsberg Defense and Aerospace and the American Raytheon Technologies, as “Spiegel” further writes. It has a battery of six missiles at a time. The launchers are transported to the point of use by trucks.
The system is very flexible: It has radar, camera and infrared stations, a fire control center and a command vehicle. All of these units could be individually set within a radius of approximately 20 kilometers – allowing the system to be adapted to a large number of different application scenarios.
The Nasams are equipped with Amraan (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) missiles, which provide a major advantage over conventional Soviet weapons. Amraan missiles are actually air-to-air missiles and not surface-to-air missiles – but they can still be installed in Nasams systems.
In contrast, Soviet anti-aircraft systems require custom-made missiles. In this way, replenishment can always be guaranteed, according to “Spiegel”. Because the stocks of Amraan with the western partners are so large that the supply is guaranteed for a long time.
The US announces further support
US national security adviser Jake Sullivan (45) announced on Thursday that the US will continue to provide military aid to Ukraine. The Ukrainian army should receive support, especially in the area of air defense. The US is heavily helping Ukraine defend itself against Russia and has pledged more than $18 billion in aid to Ukraine since the Russian offensive began in February.
This help may be much needed. As convenient as Nasams systems are, they are also expensive. According to “Spiegel”, the price of a missile with Nasams capability is in the range of several hundred thousand US dollars, newer models even sell for a unit price of three million US dollars. (chs)