Russian air defense systems have been upgraded and are able now to easily detect and destroy missiles fired from US-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) due to new software, RIA Novosti reported on Friday, citing an unnamed Russian military commander.

Ukrainian forces initially used Soviet-era weapons, but have switched to arms provided by NATO countries, including HIMARS missiles which turned out to be a “game-changer”.

“Now we have no problems in detecting, tracking, and destroying them,” the military commander was quoted by Ria Novosti as saying. According to the report, his unit in Zaporozhe has taken down 10 HIMARS missiles, four of them in the past month.

The Pentagon has been providing Ukraine with large amounts of weaponry worth $19 billion. The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on November 23 the latest military assistance to Kyiv including 38 HIMARS and relevant ammunition.

On Thursday, the Pentagon awarded a $431 million contract for the production of HIMARS to Lockheed Martin that are needed to replenish the depleted US and Ukrainian stocks. The deal is planned to be completed by the end of 2025.

US transferred NASAMS air defense systems from Oman to Ukraine

Oman has accepted the US request to transfer some of its NASAMS air defense systems to Ukraine. According to flight data, obtained from flightradar24, a Ukrainian An-124 aircraft arrived from Oman at Poland’s Rzeszow airport. The aircraft reportedly transported US-made NASAMS air defense systems destined for Ukraine.

Rzeszow airport has been used for arms transfers to Kyiev since the war began. There is no information about the exact number of NASAMS air defense systems that have been delivered. However, given the An-124 payload capacity, at least half of the battery (up to 6 launchers, depending on the modification) could have been transported.

US transferred NASAMS air defense systems from Oman to Ukraine
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Earlier this week Greg Hayes, the CEO of NASAMS manufacturer Raytheon Technologies, said they intend to deliver the systems within three to six months.

“There are NASAMS air defense systems in service in the Middle East and we are working with a couple of those countries that are currently employing NASAMS and trying to direct those back up to Ukraine,” Hayes said.

He noted that transferring systems from the Middle East to Ukraine will take less time than producing new ones, which takes about two years. In the Middle East, NASAMS is operated by Oman and Qatar.

The first NASAMS systems arrived in Ukraine on 7 November, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov announced earlier. The Pentagon said that two anti-aircraft missile systems of this type are already operating in Ukraine.

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