MADRID ($1=0.98 Euros) — Ukraine will obtain a brand new provide of anti-aircraft missile programs from an allied nation. Spain will strengthen Ukraine’s air protection with the supply of two surface-to-air programs. This was formally introduced by Spanish Protection Minister Mrs. Margarita Robles on November tenth.
It’s about sending two Raytheon MIM-23 HAWK American medium-range surface-to-air missiles. Spain has already equipped Ukraine with 4 of the identical programs. The supply means Washington has agreed to Madrid sending MIM-23 HAWKs, which might be taken out of the Spanish navy’s stock.
The announcement of the supply of a further two MIM-23 HAWK surface-to-air launchers from Spain comes virtually a month after NATO Secretary Basic Mr. Jens Stoltenberg introduced the supply of the primary 4. On October thirteenth, Robles introduced that Spain would help Ukraine with the 4 missile launchers.
The 2 further MIM-23 HAWK anti-aircraft programs will profit Kyiv. Ukraine has a robust want for rather more superior air protection programs, nevertheless. Thus far, the one spectacular factor is the NASAMS air protection programs that the US promised and delivered. At present, Ukraine depends primarily by itself and donated [as many as are left after nine months of the war] missile programs of Soviet design, primarily the S-300 and Buk-M.
With the supply of the MIM-23 HAWK, Ukraine as soon as once more receives an outdated and unresponsive missile launcher. The HAWK is an American design from the Iron Curtain and Chilly Struggle eras. The system was developed within the late Fifties and entered service in 1960.
The vary of the MIM-23 HAWK is between 45 and 50 km, and the missile, powered by a solid-fuel rocket engine, can attain a most velocity of Mach 2.4. The missile can fly at a most peak of 20 km. The steering system is semi-active radar homing.
Nonetheless, the MIM-23 HAWK has fight expertise. The conflicts of the final 40-50 years are a interval throughout which the missile system has had successes and failures. Lately, it was actively used within the conflict in Iraq and Libya, and in Libya, the federal government in Tripoli obtained them as a donation from Turkey.
Spain just isn’t detached to the conflict in Ukraine. Virtually each month, navy transport planes take off from Madrid delivering ammunition, provides, medical tools, and many others. Spain has been very lively in supplying artillery ammunition in current months amid the weeks-long artillery conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
Madrid was able to donate Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. Funding was discovered via European Union funds. Nonetheless, Ukraine refused the donation as a result of the situation of the tanks was so dangerous that potential repairs didn’t assure their efficiency.
Spain’s donation of the MIM-23 HAWK to Ukraine just isn’t the one factor the Spanish are doing within the space of air protection. Aspide surface-to-air missiles had been introduced as a donation to Ukraine in mid-summer. The vary of this air protection system was additionally inside 40 km, however the missile strikes at a better velocity – Mach 4, which makes it tough to intercept.
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