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Ukraine Presents Wishlist of Weapons to the United States: From Advanced THAAD to Drones and Transport Aircraft

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Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile/anti-aircraft defense system / Photo credit: Lockheed Martin
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile/anti-aircraft defense system / Photo credit: Lockheed Martin

Some of the items in this list have never been publicly discussed for supply, such as F-18 combat aircraft and helicopters

Representatives from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine have presented a new list of weapons and military equipment needed by the Ukrainian Defense Forces during a closed defense conference in Washington, D.C.

The conference, held on December 6, was attended by American government officials and executives from the defense industry. Reuters journalists were able to review the presented documents.

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Representatives of over 350 industries, as well as government and military officials gathered at the conference on Ukrainian military aid and cooperation
Representatives of over 350 industries, as well as government and military officials gathered at the conference on Ukrainian military aid and cooperation / Photo credit: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The traditional items include M1 Abrams tanks, 155mm artillery systems, F-16 multirole fighters, TACMS long-range missiles, etc.

However, there are also several new weapons not previously supplied to Ukraine. Among them is the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) anti-missile defense system developed by Lockheed Martin. Defense Express previously discussed this system in terms of how much time and resources would be required for its potential deployment in Ukraine.

Next is the aircraft. Ukraine is requesting the F-18 Hornet, and there have been earlier indications that Australia might come forward and provide a dozen decommissioned F-18s to Ukraine, although no progress publicly known so far since summer.

The list also includes military transport aircraft, specifically the C-17 Globemaster and C-130 Hercules.

Helicopters featured on the list include the AH-64 Apache and Black Hawk models. Additionally, Ukraine is seeking three types of drones from General Atomics, including the MQ-9B Sky Guardian, a modification of the famous Reaper drone.

A Ukrainian Defense Intelligence serviceman next to the Black Hawk
A Ukrainian Defense Intelligence serviceman next to a Black Hawk helicopter. Who supplied/sold this helicopter to Ukraine, remains undisclosed / Photo credit: Defense Intelligence of Ukraine

Earlier Defense Express reported that Ukraine will start a joint venture with the U.S. aimed at producing a new, unique family of air defense systems. Those are Soviet-type equipment, modernized and adapted to fire modern Western missiles. This generation of surface-to-air systems has been given the name of FrankenSAM.

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