WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday announced an additional $400 million in military aid to Ukraine. This includes upgrading T-72 tanks and missiles for Kyiv’s Hawk air defense system.
Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh told reporters that the United States will cover the cost of repairing 45 Czech Republic T-72 tanks and will fund the repair of some missiles for the HAWK air defense system. Told.
Singh said the promised $400 Ukrainian Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funding, in addition to the money to upgrade the HAWK missile, would be used to upgrade a Soviet-era Czech tank with “advanced optics, communications. , said it would provide an armored package. There were also funds to purchase 1,100 Phoenix Ghost tactical unmanned aerial systems and his 40 armored river boats and more.
According to a person familiar with the matter, the tank will be retrofitted by the privately owned Czech CSG, and once the work is completed, it will be on par with the modernized T-72 Avenger to improve and add protection systems. I added that. Modern night vision and communication equipment.
Czech Deputy Defense Minister Thomas Kopeckny told Reuters that a total of 90 tanks would be modernized from third-party and civilian inventories. US funds will pay him 45 cars, or half the fleet.
In October, Reuters first wrote about an initiative to supply Ukraine with HAWK interceptor missiles. They will be upgrades to the Stinger Missile System, the small, short-range air defense system the US has already sent to slow Russia’s aggression.
The MIM-23 HAWK – a name that arose as an acronym for “Homing All the Way Killer” – was first introduced in the 1950s as the U.S. military sought ways to defeat high-flying strategic bomber raids. It was upgraded over the years to combat jamming and other countermeasures, and was eventually exported to more than a dozen countries, according to the U.S. Army Air Missile Lifecycle Management Command.
The U.S. Army retired the missile from service in the mid-1990s, and the U.S. Marine Corps followed shortly after. The Army replaced this with her MIM-104 Patriot, and the Marine Corps fully transitioned to using smaller, more portable air defense systems.
A refreshed HAWK air defense missile could be included in a future Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) that would allow the U.S. to rapidly move defense supplies and services out of stock in response to emergencies and without congressional approval. There is a nature.
Singh declined to provide a timeline or amount for the Interceptor.
Reported by Idrees Ali, Phil Stewart, Mike Stone (Washington), Jan Lopatka (Prague)
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