HAWK air defence system infographic
Graphic shows details of HAWK air defence system.


U.S. to sell missile defence upgrades to Ukraine

April 10, 2024 - The U.S. will sell Ukraine up to $138 million worth of equipment to maintain and upgrade its HAWK air defence systems to counter Russian drone and missile attacks.

The U.S. began shipping HAWK interceptor missiles to Ukraine in 2022 as an upgrade to the shoulder-launched Stinger air defence missile systems – a smaller, shorter-range system.

Since then, Ukraine has received several air defence systems, including the U.S.-made Patriot.

The MIM-23 HAWK – a name that began life as an acronym for "Homing All the Way Killer" – was first introduced in the 1950s as the U.S. military sought ways to defeat raids by high-flying strategic bombers. It was upgraded over the years to deal with jamming and other countermeasures, and eventually exported to more than a dozen countries, Reuters said.

PUBLISHED: 10/04/2024; STORY: Graphic News