The HAWK system is an upgrade from the Stinger missile systems, which are smaller and shorter-range anti-aircraft systems, with which Washington has already equipped Ukraine.
The United States is considering sending, possibly within days, HAWK anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine to help defend against Russian cruise missile and drone attacks, two US officials told Reuters.
The HAWK system is an upgrade from the Stinger missile systemswhich are smaller and shorter-range anti-aircraft systems, with which Washington has already equipped the Ukraine.
The Biden administration will use the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA), a tool that allows the direct and urgent shipment of military material in times of crisis from the US Pentagon’s stockpiles to countries and international organizations without the approval of Congress. The HAWK system is based on Vietnam-era technology that has since been upgraded repeatedly.
The HAWK system is the ancestor of Raytheon Technologies’ PATRIOT air defense system which remains off the menu of US military aid to Ukraineaccording to US officials.
US President Joe Biden has promised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Washington will provide his country with advanced air defense systems following a devastating barrage of Russian missile and drone attacks.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has stated that Spain will send four HAWK systems to Ukraine.
Since February 24 and the start of the offensive, Washington has sent $17.6 billion in military aid to Kyiv.
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