The US Department of Defense said on Wednesday that the State Department had given its approval to the pending sale of another surface-to-air missile system to Ukraine, APA reports citing Sputnik.
“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Ukraine of National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $285 million," the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.
According to the Pentagon, Kiev has requested to buy another NASAMS system, which includes an AN/MPQ-64F1 Sentinel Radar as well as a Fire Distribution Center (FDC), canister launchers, secure communications, GPS receivers, code loaders, and cable sets, tool kits, test equipment, support equipment, prime movers, generators, technical documentation, spare parts, contractor technical support; and related logistics and program support.
The Pentagon has not said which nation would be offering up its NASAMS for Ukraine this time around.
The NASAMS is a joint product of the US contractor Raytheon and Norway's Kongsberg, designed to serve as a ground-based launch pad for AIM-9X Sidewinder and AIM-120 AMRAAM anti-air missiles, which are typically carried by fighter jets. Each launcher system can carry six missiles.
A complete NASAMS battery consists of up to four firing units, each of which includes three missile launchers; one AN/MPQ-64F1 Improved Sentinel radar, one Fire Distribution Center vehicle, and one MSP500 electro-optical camera vehicle.