Spain sent Hawk anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine

Sofiia Telishevska

A new package of military aid from Spain, which includes Hawk air defense systems, is already on its way to Ukraine.

This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, at a joint briefing with his Spanish colleague Jose Manuel Albares.

"We worked for a long time to ensure that Ukraine received a new package of military aid from Spain as soon as possible. And I am very glad that there is a new package, it is already on its way to Ukraine, and in the near future, our state will strengthen its defense capabilities," said Kuleba.

Spain provides the battery of the Aspide anti-aircraft missile complex and missiles for air defense systems, four Hawk air defense systems, anti-tank missile systems, guns, shells for them, and other military equipment.

According to him, Spainʼs decision to transfer Hawk systems to Ukraine was a signal for other countries, so later the Armed Forces would receive even more such systems.

  • The MIM-23 HAWK is an American medium-range anti-aircraft missile that was in service with the United States from 1960 to 1994. The missile has been improved several times; it has a fragmentation warhead weighing 54 kilograms and semi-active radar guidance. The missile has a flight range of 20 kilometers. The main advantage of the Hawk is the quantity — more than 40,000 such missiles were produced in total.