In a move aimed at bracing Ukraine’s defences against potential Russian aggression, the United States has approved a $138m Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of HAWK Phase III missile system sustainment.

The announcement comes amidst continued missile attacks from Russia, with Ukraine continuing to face heightened security challenges.

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According to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the US State Department’s decision underlines Washington’s commitment to bolstering Ukraine’s security. The proposed sale includes various sustainment-related articles and services, such as engineering and integration for communications, refurbishment of HAWK air defence fire units, and training for Ukrainian forces.

While the sale awaits final approval, the US Secretary of State has cited an emergency situation necessitating immediate action, bypassing the usual congressional review process. In 2023, the US achieved a record-setting $80.9bn in FMS, as confirmed by the US Department of Defense recently.

The HAWK missile system is intended to counter the threat of Russian missile strikes and aerial capabilities. The proposed sale aims to bolster Ukraine’s security by enhancing its ability to defend its territory and infrastructure, the DSCA stated.

The principal contractors involved in the sale, including RTX and PROJECTXYZ, are poised to provide support to ensure the successful implementation of the programme.

This comes in the same week Germany commissions 20 additional 1A3 Marder infantry fighting vehicles. Scheduled for delivery within 2024, the new fleet complements the 90 Marder units already donated by Germany.

Approving the HAWK missile system sale is another event in the United States’ support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. 

GlobalData reports that Russia’s aggressive war economy will gain momentum in 2024. The country plans to allocate 6% of its GDP to defence following a 30% increase in fiscal spending on the Armed Forces.