The Pentagon announced that HAWK air defense system missiles, along with four Avenger air defense systems and Stinger missiles, were being sent to Ukraine as part of new military aid of up to $400 million.
Sistem MIM-23 HAWK Photo by: Army Pfc. Nicolas Vido
Due to Russia’s continued air attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure, additional air defense capabilities are essential, Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said.
“The HAWK missiles, which will be upgraded with funds from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, will complement Spain’s recent commitment to donate HAWK launchers to Ukraine.she says. “The Avenger short-range air defense systems will also provide Ukraine with the ability to protect Ukrainian troops and critical infrastructure from unmanned aerial systems and helicopters”said the Pentagon’s deputy press secretary.
Sistem Avenger Photo by: Army Spc. Joseph Green
Adding the Avenger system to what the United States is supplying Ukraine comes after consulting with kyiv on what they need in their fight against the Russians, Singh said. “We talk to them about what they need in this fight. We assess what we can offer and what makes the most sense to send”she says. “I think it’s an air defense system that will complement other systems provided not only by the United States, but also by other countries”
The full list of equipment in the latest security support package also includes:
Ammunition for HIMARS
21,000 155mm artillery shells
500 Excalibur precision-guided 155 mm artillery shells
10,000 shots 120mm
100 the Humvee vehicle
400 grenade launchers
Small arms and more than 20,000,000 cartridges for them
Cold protection equipment
Singh also told reporters that next week Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will host the seventh meeting of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group. “This meeting will be hosted virtually, here at the Pentagon, and will allow the Secretary and Ministers of Defense from nearly 50 countries to discuss efforts to provide Ukraine with the means to defend its sovereignty against further Russian aggression,” he added. Singh said. Since the invasion began on February 24, the United States has committed more than $18.6 billion in security assistance to Ukraine.