WASHINGTON — America will ship new army gear to Ukraine. The US Division of Protection introduced this on November tenth. The help quantities to 400 million USD. 1000’s of rockets, missile programs, mortar shells, gentle infantry autos, optics, and practically 20 million rounds of small arms ammunition are included within the introduced army help bundle.

US to refurbish Mach 2.4 surface-to-air missiles and deliver to Ukraine hawk missile
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One of many weapons introduced for supply is HAWK missiles. BulgarianMilitary.com recollects that not too long ago the Minister of Protection of Spain Mrs. Margarita Robles introduced the supply of HAWK missile launchers. Washington mentioned the meant supply of the Hawk missiles to Ukraine would complement the supply to the Spanish authorities.

Mrs. Sabrina Singh, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary mentioned that Russia continues to hold out air assaults on Ukrainian infrastructure and Ukraine wants HAWK missiles. The US will withdraw the missiles from its stock, however Singh mentioned that earlier than they’re despatched, all should be completely inspected and refurbished.

Mach 2.4

Which means that Spain might delay the supply of the launchers, as as soon as the HAWK missiles are upgraded, they should be paired with the Spanish launchers. Singh confused that funds from the Ukraine Safety Help Initiative will finance the modernization of the missiles.

The HAWK is a short-range missile that flies at a most pace of Mach 2.4. It entered service for the primary time in August 1960. In contrast to many different greater than 60-year-old weapons and programs, the HAWK continues to be in service, together with with the US army. The utmost vary of the missile is as much as 50 km.

The HAWK missile makes use of semi-active radar homing (SARH). This could not shock us, since SARH could be very typically used to information surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles. SARH means the missile is a passive radar detector. Semi-active missile programs use bistatic continuous-wave radar.

SAMP/T, too?

The supply of HAWK missiles is nice information for the Ukrainian armed forces and their protection. Maybe higher information would be the supply of one other, far more superior and fashionable in addition to extremely efficient anti-aircraft missile system. That is the SAMP/T surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile system.

Italy is considering donating a SAMP/T SAM system to Ukraine
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France outlined a month in the past as disinformation the doable supply of SAMP/T to Ukraine. The Ministry of Protection mentioned that “SAMP/T is just not a part of France’s plans”. Mr. Volodomir Zelensky has repeatedly referred to as for the supply of such a system. His appeals are more likely to be heard as Italy is rumored to be able to make an analogous supply.

The knowledge in the meanwhile is an assumption based mostly on feedback among the many political circles in Rome after the inauguration of the brand new authorities of Italy with Prime Minister Mrs. Giorgia Meloni. This air protection system has pretty severe French participation. Three corporations are concerned in its growth – MBDA France, MBDA Italy, and Thales France. I.e. once more, France must authorize Italy’s eventual dispatch to the entrance.

The explanation for the French hesitation is just not associated to portions or fears of system failure. Paris doubtless doesn’t need to give the Russian armed forces an opportunity to realize entry to SAMP/T expertise within the occasion of seize.

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