Raytheon Missiles & Defense [RTX] has received a $182.3 million contract to supply National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems to Ukraine.

The Army awarded the NASAMS deal to Raytheon on Friday after the system was included in previously announced security aid package for Ukraine to be procured with Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funds.

NASAMS Live Fire Exercise
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“Raytheon Missiles & Defense and our partners are working diligently to quickly deliver this critical, proven air defense capability to help the Ukrainian people defend their homeland,” Tom LaLiberty, president of Raytheon Missile & Defense’s land warfare and air defense business area, said in a statement. “Ukraine will join a dozen nations around the globe who rely on NASAMS to defeat a multitude of threats, including cruise missiles, aircraft, and unmanned systems.”

Raytheon and Norway’s Kongsberg jointly developed the NASAMS air defense system, which brings together Raytheon’s Sentinel radar and Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles with Kongsberg’s Fire Distribution Center.

The U.S.’ new $3 billion security aid package for Ukraine announced last week included plans to procure six more NASAMS through the USAI program (Defense Daily, Aug. 24). 

Officials said the latest weapons package, the U.S.’ largest to date, is aimed at addressing Ukraine’s mid to long-term security needs and will also cover up to 245,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition and 65,000 rounds of 120mm mortar ammunition, up to 24 counter-artillery radars, laser-guided rocket systems, AeroVironment’s [AVAV] Puma drones, L3Harris’ [LHX] VAMPIRE weapon system, equipment to support recently delivered Boeing [BA] Insitu-built ScanEagle drones and funding for continued training, maintenance and sustainment support for Ukrainian armed forces.

An earlier $820 million weapons aid package announced in early July included $770 million in USAI funds to cover procurement of two NASAMS for Ukraine as well as up to 150,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition and four more counter-artillery radars (Defense Daily, July 1).

Earlier this month, the U.S. approved a $1 billion security assistance package that included munitions for NASAMS air defense systems to be supplied via presidential drawdown authority from existing DoD inventories (Defense Daily, Aug. 8).