US Approves Ukraine's Emergency Request to Buy $138 Million Worth of Hawk Missile Parts, Repair Services

By Giuliano De Leon

Apr 10, 2024 08:50 AM EDT

The US has approved Ukraine's emergency request to purchase spare parts and repair services for its HAWK missile systems.

The US State Department confirmed this on Tuesday, saying Secretary of State Antony Blinken has decided to allow the emergency foreign military sale worth around $138 million. 

US Approves Ukraine's Emergency Hawk Missile Sale Request Worth $138 Million
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) and U.S. President Joe Biden shake hands while meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on December 12, 2023 in Washington, DC.
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US Approves Ukraine's Emergency Hawk Missile Parts Sale Request

According to UPI, the US' approval of the request happened as Ukraine continues to call on international allies for weapons as its arsenal empties amid relentless Russian attacks.

"The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Ukraine of HAWK Phase III Missile System Sustainment and related elements of logistics and program support for an estimated cost of $138 million," the State Department said in a statement.

"The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today (Tuesday)," it added.

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What Are the Hawk Missile Parts and Services That Ukraine Wants to Buy

According to the State Department, Ukraine has requested to buy "sustainment-related articles and services for the HAWK Phase III missile system," including engineering and integration for communications, refurbishment and overhaul of the system, tool kits, equipment tests and support, spare parts, and training.

The department noted that Antony Blinken determined that an emergency exists, which requires the immediate sale of these parts and services to Ukraine.

"Ukraine has an urgent need to increase its capabilities to defend against Russian missile strikes and the aerial capabilities of Russian forces. Maintaining and sustaining the HAWK missile system will enhance Ukraine's ability to defend its people and protect critical national infrastructure," the department said.

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