Canadian Defense Minister

Anita Anand

announced this after talks with her Ukrainian counterpart

Oleksiy Reznikov


According to Anand, this anti-aircraft system will help protect Ukrainian settlements and critical infrastructure from drones, missiles and airstrikes.

"NASAMS has a very high hit rate and is a valuable contribution to Ukraine's defense capabilities," she tweeted.

The head of the office of the President of Ukraine

Andrei Yarmak

said in his Telegram channel that this is great news.

"Investments in our heavenly shield are a contribution to the security of Europe.

Thanks to the allies," he added.

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The NASAMS medium-range anti-aircraft missile complex is designed to hit air targets at low and medium altitudes in any weather conditions.

In October, the United States handed over the first two NASAMS systems to Ukraine, which are already in use by the Ukrainian army.

In total, the USA promised to hand over eight such systems to Ukraine.

At the end of the year, the United States signed a $1.2 million contract with Raytheon to purchase NASAMS for Ukraine.

In addition, the US and its allies have been negotiating with countries in the Middle East to transfer several NASAMS systems to Ukraine.

Raytheon Technologies

CEO Greg Hayes

said that it would take less time to ship them from the Middle East than to make them in the US.

The actual manufacturing process of NASAMS takes two years, as it takes time to purchase electronic components and rocket engines.