Missiles for the HAWK air protection system, together with 4 Avenger air protection methods and Stinger missiles are headed to Ukraine as a part of a presidential drawdown authority safety help package deal price as much as $400 million, the U.S. Defense Department introduced on November 10, 2022. Because of Russia’s persevering with air assaults on Ukrainian infrastructure, extra air protection capabilities are essential. The U.S. will present Ukraine with an unspecified variety of HAWK missiles from its personal stock, however that these missiles would first must be refurbished. That refurbishment can be finished utilizing funds from the Ukraine Safety Help Initiative. The Avenger air protection methods, which use Stinger missiles, is a functionality the U.S. has not beforehand offered to the Ukrainians.

A MIM-23 Hawk missile is fired from Capu Midia Coaching Space, Romania, July 19, 2017. The train was a part of Tobruq Legacy, an air protection train the place the U.S. and its NATO Allies and companions got here collectively to reinforce air protection in Japanese Europe by coaching collectively and sharing methods and techniques. (U.S. Military Picture by Pfc. Nicholas Vidro)

“The HAWK missiles, which can be refurbished utilizing Ukraine Safety Help Initiative funds, will complement Spain’s current dedication of HAWK launchers to assist Ukraine meet this menace. The Avenger short-range air protection methods will even present Ukraine with functionality to guard Ukrainian troops and significant infrastructure in opposition to unmanned aerial methods and helicopters. These are cellular, short-range air protection methods that may shield in opposition to cruise missiles, helicopters and unmanned aerial methods. They’re shorter in vary, however with a few of the extra capabilities that we and Spain and others have offered, just like the HAWK missiles. That is one thing (that I feel suits in nicely with a few of the capabilities that (the Ukrainians) are already utilizing on the battlefield,” Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh stated throughout a briefing at the moment.


Soldiers with 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, fire the Avenger air defense system mounted M3P .50 caliber machine gun at ground targets during an Avenger ground gunnery range at Fort Campbell.
Troopers with a hundred and first Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, fireplace the Avenger air protection system mounted M3P .50 caliber machine gun at floor targets throughout an Avenger floor gunnery vary at Fort Campbell. (Picture by Military Spc. Joseph Inexperienced/ U.S. Military)

The Raytheon MIM-23 HAWK (“Homing all the way in which killer”) is an American medium-range surface-to-air missile. The Hawk missile is transported and launched from the M192 towed triple-missile launcher. The missile is propelled by a twin thrust motor, with a lift section and a maintain section. The MIM-23B and later missiles are fitted with an M112 motor with a 5-second increase section and a maintain section of round 21 seconds. The unique MIM-23A missiles used a parabolic reflector, however the antenna directional focus was inadequate, when partaking low flying targets the missile would dive on them. The Hawk system consists of numerous element parts. These parts had been usually fitted on wheeled trailers making the system semi-mobile. It entered service with the US Military in 1959. Through the system’s 40-year life span, these parts had been frequently upgraded.

Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers perform crew service and pre-fire drills, Nov. 17, 2012, at McGregor Range Complex, N.M. As part of the latest security assistance package for Ukraine, the United States has pledged to provide missiles for the HAWK air defense system.
Japanese Floor Self-Protection Drive troopers carry out crew service and pre-fire drills, Nov. 17, 2012, at McGregor Vary Advanced, N.M. As a part of the most recent safety help package deal for Ukraine, the US has pledged to supply missiles for the HAWK air protection system. (Picture by Military Spc. Adam Garlington/ U.S. Military)

The Avenger Air Protection System, designated AN/TWQ-1 underneath the Joint Electronics Sort Designation System, is an American self-propelled surface-to-air missile system which gives cellular, short-range air protection safety for floor items in opposition to cruise missiles, unmanned aerial autos, low-flying fixed-wing plane, and helicopters. The Avenger was initially developed for the US Armed Forces and is at the moment utilized by the U.S. Military. The Avenger system was additionally utilized by the U.S. Marine Corps. The Avenger comes primarily in three configurations, the Primary, Slew-to-Cue, and the Up-Gun. The Primary configuration consists of a gyro-stabilized air protection turret mounted on a modified heavy Humvee. The turret has two Stinger missile launcher pods, every able to firing as much as 4 fire-and-forget infrared/ultraviolet guided missiles in fast succession.

AN/TWQ-1 Avenger mobile Surface-to-air missile launcher system
A Stinger missile is fired downrange from an Military Avenger car on the Eglin Air Drive Base vary, April 20, 2017. As a part of the most recent safety help package deal for Ukraine, the US has pledged to supply 4 Avenger air protection methods, together with accompanying Stinger missiles. (Picture by Samuel King Jr./U.S. Air Drive)