By Mike Rock
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army awarded a $1.2 billion contract to Raytheon Technologies (NYSE:) to purchase six National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) for Ukraine on Wednesday. Wednesday, the Pentagon said.
The United States has approved sending Ukraine a total of eight NASAMS to help counter Russian drone and missile attacks.
Ukraine received the first two NASAMS air defense systems in November. The others will be delivered in the coming months after they are built.
“NASAMS is just the latest in the diverse set of air defense capabilities that we are providing to Ukraine,” said Bill LaPlante, Undersecretary of Defense for Procurement and Maintenance.
These six NASAMS systems are part of the fifth Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) package announced on August 24 and total $2.98 billion, according to an Army statement. team. USAI funds allow the Biden administration to purchase weapons from industry rather than drawing weapons from the existing US arsenal.
This contract is for NASAMS batteries, training and logistical support for the Ukrainian army and security forces.
Funding for the other two NASAMS comes from a third USAI package announced in July.
Last week Doug Bush, the Army’s primary arms buyer, told reporters that the US Army was speeding up its weapons purchases to speed up the backlog of contracts needed to replenish the arsenal. of the United States has been depleted due to arms shipments to Ukraine.
The Pentagon says new US-supplied NASAM air defense systems have so far had a 100% success rate in intercepting Russian missiles in Ukraine.
In total, the United States has committed more than $19.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration.