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Could Jordan Provide Ukraine With Surface-To-Air Missiles to the Soviet Osa-AKM

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The Osa-AKM SAM system of the Armed Forces of Ukraine / Illustrative photo from open sources
The Osa-AKM SAM system of the Armed Forces of Ukraine / Illustrative photo from open sources

Perhaps in this story we can see a trace of one of the non-public decisions after one of Ramstein meetings

Ukraine Weapons Tracker analysts concluded after seeing an open source image that Jordan might have transferred 9М33М2 anti-aircraft missiles to the Osa-AKM systems to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In particular, this can be indicated by the desert camouflage of one of the containers for the anti-aircraft missile that was loaded into Ukraine’s air defense system.

In theory, Jordan could have transferred to Ukraine the ammunition of anti-aircraft missiles for the Osa-AKM within the framework of certain agreements. This country is one of the participants in the Ramstein meetings, and its capabilities could be used to strengthen Ukraine’s air defense. But there are no sufficient grounds to claim that it was Jordan that handed over its 9M33M2 anti-aircraft missiles.

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Ukraine Weapons Tracker analysts cite data that Jordan had 52 Osa-AK SAM systems, which were decommissioned in 2017, and for some time 35 units were allegedly sold to Armenia.

According to some open sources data, only about 700 9M33M2 Osa-AK missiles were manufactured during the Soviet era. These missiles have a firing range of up to 10 km and a target hitting height of up to 5 km. At the same time, the most common missiles for Osa-AKM systems are 9M33M3 missiles with a declared firing range of up to 15 km.

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Jordanian Osa-AK and Strela-10 systems / Illustrative photo from open sources

At the same time, The Military Balance 2022 indicates that Jordan also has a number of Igla and Strela-3 MANPADS, and 92 Strela-10 air defense systems (according to SIPRI, 1,250 anti-aircraft missiles were purchased for them). It is quite likely that in the case of an appropriate decision, part of such Jordan’s anti-aircraft missile system can also strengthen the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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