The Lithuanian Defense Ministry has officially confirmed the successful delivery of National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) to Ukraine on November 10. This exciting news marks another shipment from Lithuania to Ukrainian soil. NASAMS has been in operation within the Ukrainian forces since November 2022, originally supplied by the U.S.
in response to increased Russian airstrikes. With a maximum range of up to 50 kilometers, NASAMS holds significant strategic value for Ukraine thanks to its utilization of the AIM-120 AMRAAM interceptor missile, which is also used by Western fighter jets in air-to-air operations. In addition to the missile systems, the Lithuanian delivery included all necessary equipment and SUVs for the NASAMS crew.
The Lithuanian Defense Ministry expressed gratitude and acknowledged the Norwegian government for their contribution of a portion of the additional equipment. This delivery aligns with Lithuania’s commitment, announced on October 11, to provide Ukraine with two NASAMS anti-air systems as part of a broader security assistance package. Lithuania’s support to Ukraine goes beyond military hardware, as the country has contributed almost one billion euros in military, financial, humanitarian, and reconstruction aid as of July 2023. It is important to note that Lithuania holds the distinction of being the largest contributor globally in terms of the percentage of its GDP dedicated to such support..