Washington wants to supply Ukraine with more advanced surface-to-air missiles
Jake Sullivan confirmed that the delivery of the new surface-to-air missiles was in response to a “specific request” from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who spoke by videoconference on Monday to the G7 leaders, meeting in southern Germany until Tuesday.
The United States plans to provide Ukraine with a sophisticated system of “medium and long range” surface-to-air missiles, the White House said Monday.
“We are in the process of finalizing a (military aid) program that includes sophisticated air defense capabilities … medium and long range,” White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters Monday.
A source close to the matter had previously indicated that the United States was preparing “the purchase for Ukraine of a NASAMS system” (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System).
The NASAMS surface-to-air missile system is manufactured by the American Raytheon and the Norwegian Kongsberg Group.
Sullivan said Washington should also make public the delivery of other equipment, including artillery ammunition and radar, to Ukrainian forces.
The United States has in recent weeks modified its arms deliveries to Ukraine, to take into account a conflict now concentrated in the east of the country and more static, in which artillery plays a predominant role.
In particular, Washington has begun delivering Himars mobile rocket launcher systems — for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System — with a range of 80 kilometers.
Ukraine is asking its allies to give it “parity of fire” with Russian forces, after having to withdraw its troops to Severodonetsk, a strategic lock in the Donbass region, shelled for weeks by Russian artillery.