Norwegian officials will be sending more of their modern and highly acclaimed air defense systems to Ukraine, in a new military donation worth NOK 335 million (USD 33 million). The announcment came during a week that’s seen more Russian missile attacks on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.
The NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile Systems) are known for being highly accurate in shooting down incoming missiles. Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram noted that Ukrainian officials have specifically asked for more NASAMS to help defend themselves, because Russian forces often attack with both drones and missiles.
“This will help save Ukrainian lives and prevent further destruction of infrastructure,” Gram stated. Because of the urgency as Russia stepped up attacks, Norway will make some of the country’s own NASAMS available as well as order more from weapons producers that can be sent later.
The NASAMS donations are part of Norway’s latest defense support for Ukraine, announced when Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky was in Oslo earlier this week. Norway and the UK are also joining forces to help rebuild Ukraine’s naval forces to protect and maintain shipping lanes in the Black Sea.