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HAWK Air Defence Equipment

HAWK Air Defence Equipment:

The United States is considering sending older HAWK air defence equipment from storage to Ukraine to help it defend against Russian drone and cruise missile attacks.

  • The HAWK interceptor missiles would be an upgrade to the Stinger missile systems a smaller, shorter-range air defence system – that the United States has already sent to blunt Russia’s invasion.
  • HAWK :  ‘Homing All the Way Killer’, entered service with the US Army in 1959, during the Vietnam war.
  • It underwent several upgrades, including a major one in 1971 that produced the so-called I-HAWK (or improved HAWK), with a kill probability of 85%.
  • The HAWK system was the predecessor to the PATRIOT missile defence system.
  • US forces largely stopped using HAWK from the early years of the new century.