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The US Army has awarded a contract to Raytheon Technologies’ business Raytheon Missiles & Defence to supply national advanced surface-to-air missile system (NASAMS) to Ukraine.

The contract has an estimated value of approximately $182m.

The highly adaptable mid-range air defence solution NASAMS will allow the Ukrainian forces to defend themselves against advanced air threats. 

The latest deal comes under a $2.98bn security assistance tranche, recently announced by the US to support Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion.

Awarded as part of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), the security aid included radars, uncrewed aerial systems (UAS), various ammunitions along with a total of six additional NASAMS and munitions.

Raytheon Missiles & Defence Land Warfare & Air Defence president Tom Laliberty said: “Raytheon Missiles & Defence and our partners are working diligently to quickly deliver this critical, proven air defence capability to help the Ukrainian people defend their homeland.

“Ukraine will join a dozen nations around globe who rely on NASAMS to defeat a multitude of threats, including cruise missiles, aircraft and uncrewed systems.”

The NASAMS air defence solution is jointly developed by Raytheon and Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA).

The system comprises advanced medium range air-to-air missile, Sentinel radar and KDA’s fire distribution centre.

It is a tailorable system that allows air defenders to maximise their ability to identify, engage and destroy existing and future UAS, enemy aircraft as well as cruise missile threats.

Furthermore, the system has a modular, open-hardware and software architecture to adapt new technologies and capabilities in future,

Currently, NASAMS is being used by around 12 countries across the globe, including the US, Spain, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Australia, Oman, Lithuania, Qatar and Hungary.