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“NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System) is the world’s first operational Network Centric Short to Medium Range Ground Based Air Defence System.”. https://www.kongsberg.com/kda/what-we-do/defence-and-security/integrated-air-and-missile-defence/nasams-air-defence-system/
NASAMS. June 2005. Live missiles in Bodo, Norway by Jorgh-released to Public Domain via Wikipedia.
The Ukrainian Air Force is thankful for the NASAMS:
US Secretary of Defense Austin: “I’m pleased to be able to report that the NASAMS air defense systems that we sent to Ukraine are now operational, and their performance so far has been very impressive. The NASAMS systems had a 100 percent success rate in intercepting Russian missiles as the Kremlin continues its ruthless bombardment of Ukraine, including yesterday’s attacks. We’re also working to secure more critical equipment to protect and repair Ukraine’s energy infrastructure after Russia’s indefensible attacks.” https://www.defense.gov/News/Transcripts/Transcript/Article/3220910/secretary-of-defense-lloyd-j-austin-iii-and-army-general-mark-a-milley-chairman/
Ukrainian Air Force @KpsZSU
“The Air Force of Ukraine congratulates the American people on Thanksgiving Day. We would like to thank you for your comprehensive support of the Ukrainian people. Special thanks for the NASAMS complexes provided. We hope that modern aircraft will also be provided.” Nov 24, 2022 https://twitter.com/KpsZSU/status/1595757267802112001
They hope that Santa comes early with modern aircraft, rather than old Soviet-Russian ones. The strategy, thus far, has apparently been that Eastern Europe sends its old Soviet stuff to Ukraine and gets “backfilled” with new tech stuff.
November 23rd, 2022: “With Russia’s unrelenting and brutal missile and UAS attacks on Ukrainian critical energy infrastructure, additional air defense capabilities remain an urgent priority. The additional munitions for NASAMS and heavy machine guns will help Ukraine counter these urgent threats. In total, the United States has committed more than $19.7 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration. Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $21.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine and more than $19 billion since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked and brutal invasion on February 24.” “$400 Million in Additional Assistance for Ukraine” https://www.defense.gov/News/Releases/Release/Article/3227217/400-million-in-additional-assistance-for-ukraine/
“NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, also known as the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASAMS