NASAMS is the first advanced medium- and long-range air defense missile system Ukraine has acquired.

(The picture is taken from the official website of Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace)

[Compiled by Chen Chengliang/Comprehensive Report] Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that Ukraine has obtained the "National Advanced Air Defense System" (NASAMS) from the United States for the first time.

NASAMS is a weapon deployed by the United States around Washington, D.C. to defend the airspace of the capital, the first advanced medium and long-range air defense missile system obtained for Ukraine.

The system can defend against unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), helicopters, cruise missiles, unmanned combat aircraft (UCAVs) and fighter jets, known as the nightmare of the Russian Air Force!

Zelensky revealed the news in an exclusive interview with CBS on the 25th.

"I want to thank President Biden and the U.S. Congress for making a positive decision, we got NASAMS, which is an air defense system," he said. "But believe me, it's not enough to cover civilian infrastructure, schools, hospitals, universities, homes, and Ukraine. people."

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He did not specify how many or which generation of NASAMS it was.

On August 24, the United States announced a new wave of military aid to Ukraine with a scale of nearly 3 billion US dollars (about 93.7 billion Taiwan dollars), including 6 sets of NASAMS.

The Pentagon confirmed on September 16 that the first two sets of NASAMS are expected to be handed over to the Ukrainian army within two months.

ASAMS is the first advanced medium- and long-range air defense missile system Ukraine has acquired.

Previously, Ukraine's only medium- and long-range air defense system was the antiquated Soviet-era S-300, and beyond that, all systems offered by the West were short-range man-portable air defense missiles.

The Ukrainian Air Force believes that NASAMS is the best solution to the problem of air defense.

NASAMS is a medium-range air defense system launched by Raytheon and Norway's Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace. It was originally a combination of MPQ-64 "Sentry" radar and AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) is a land-based version with a range of up to 25 km and an altitude range of 14-15 km.

Later, the second and third improved versions of NASAMS have successively added the military network connection function of Link 16, and can choose to use AIM-9X Block II "Sidewinder" (Sidewinder) missiles, German IRIS-T short-range air defense missiles, Or different types of ammunition such as AMRAAM Extended Range (ER).

The third type NASAMS III launched in 2019 has been welcomed by many countries in the export market after adding multiple bomb options. Currently, it has been adopted by countries such as Australia, Chile, Finland, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Norway, the United States, Spain and Lithuania. In addition to being the best-selling short- and medium-range air defense missile system among NATO countries, the United States has deployed NASAMS around Washington, D.C., to defend the airspace of the capital.

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NASAMS launched the Extended-Range AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM-ER) designed for land-based air defense.

(taken from Raytheon's official website)