US approves sale of 285 million dollar air defense system to Ukraine

According to a statement from the Pentagon-affiliated Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA), Ukraine will be provided with an “LAN/MPQ-64FI Sentinel” radar, GPS receiver, Fire Control Center, missile launch system and other field equipment, including a $285 million NASAMS system. .

In the statement, which stated that a notification was sent to the Congress regarding the approval of the sale, it was informed that the security of a country with which a partnership was established to ensure political stability in Europe will be supported thanks to the sale, and that the decision “also complies with the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States”.

In the statement, it was emphasized that “Ukraine needs to increase its defense capacity against missile attacks from Russia” and pointed out that Ukraine’s reaching this capacity and using it effectively will help protect critical infrastructures in the country.

The United States is helping in two ways.

Since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine War, the United States has been assisting the Ukrainian army in two ways: the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and the Presidential mandate to withdraw weapons from the inventory of the American army.

The Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative covers the procurement of weapons and ammunition from US companies with a fund stipulated by Congress to the Ukrainian military as part of the annual defense budget.

Aid announcements made in this context represent the beginning of a contracting process to supply Ukraine with weapons, ammunition and equipment.

Since the procurement process takes a long time, US President Joe Biden occasionally authorizes the Pentagon to withdraw weapons from the inventory of the American army.

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