According to the Raytheon CEO, the US is looking to move air defence equipment from the Middle East to Ukraine

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the US is looking to move air defence equipment

  • news by AUN News correspondent
  • Friday, December 02, 2022
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • He said that getting systems from the Middle East is faster than making them in the U.S. He explained that just because something takes 24 months to build doesn’t mean it will take 24 months to get into the country.

  • Hayes says it takes two years to build NASAMS because of how long it takes to order electronic parts and rocket motors.

  • The Biden administration must approve the agreement to send the air defense systems to Ukraine.

  • Officials from Ukraine have been pleading with the United States for months to send NASAMS to stop Russian rocket assaults.

  • Six NASAMS will be delivered to Ukraine by 2025, according to a contract worth up to $1.2 billion that the Army won on Wednesday.

He said that getting systems from the Middle East is faster than making them in the U.S. He explained that just because something takes 24 months to build doesn’t mean it will take 24 months to get into the country.

Hayes says it takes two years to build NASAMS because of how long it takes to order electronic parts and rocket motors.

The Biden administration must approve the agreement to send the air defense systems to Ukraine. Requests for comment from a defense department official did not receive a prompt response.

Officials from Ukraine have been pleading with the United States for months to send NASAMS to stop Russian rocket assaults. Compared to previous air defense systems that Western nations have delivered to Ukraine, these have a more fantastic range. Early in November, the first two arrived, and the US has promised that more are on the way.

Six NASAMS will be delivered to Ukraine by 2025, according to a contract worth up to $1.2 billion that the Army won on Wednesday. The agreement is part of the fifth package of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. It includes training and helps with logistics.

Data from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency shows that Oman and Qatar bought the system, but Raytheon wouldn’t say which Middle Eastern countries would use it.

Oman ordered NASAMS from Raytheon in 2014, which will be delivered in 2016. 2019 will see Qatar purchase NASAMS with U.S. approval. In the government notices, it was unclear how many systems Oman and Qatar would buy.

The U.S. faces a hurdle with training when it delivers sophisticated technology to Ukraine. On two NASAMS, the Norwegians trained about 60 Ukrainians, according to Hayes. NASAMS is being developed in collaboration between the Norwegian firm Kongsberg and Raytheon.

NASAMS training usually takes six months, but the Ukrainians were taught in only 60 days. Hayes says that after the units are sent out, Raytheon can offer technical support from a support center in the area.

Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network

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