Aspide and additional NASAMS air defense systems already in Ukraine – Technology Org

The arrival of Aspide and NASAMS systems was officially confirmed by Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov.

SPADA 2000 launcher fires an Aspide missile.  Image credit: MBDA

SPADA 2000 launcher fires an Aspide missile. Image credit: MBDA

Aspide missile battery arrived from Spain – it took them less than three months to arrive in Ukraine. This weapon consists of 2-4 firing sections, two missiles in a single section. Missiles can hit targets at a distance of 20-25 km (12-16 miles), and can reach velocities of up to Mach 4 (4,920 km/h or 3060 mph).

At least two groups of Aspide operators have completed military training courses in Zaragoza, Spain.

NASAMS in action / Illustrative photo credit: Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace

NASAMS in action / Illustrative photo credit: Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace

The first US-made NASAMS missile launcher platforms were delivered to Ukraine nearly two months ago. The maximum range is similar to Aspide when using standard AIM-120 missiles, but the range is increased to over 40 km (24.8 miles) when firing AMRAAM ER extended-range rockets.

The structure of NASAMS is similar to Aspide. Each NASAMS consists of three launchers each carrying up to 6 missiles. All missiles can be fired at individual targets within 15 seconds.


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