U.S. to Redirect Air-Defense Missile Deliveries to Ukraine

June 20, 2024

The Wall Street Journal

The Biden administration will rush the delivery of air-defense interceptors to Ukraine by halting delivery to allied nations, U.S. administration officials said.

The White House plans to announce its decision later today. President Biden hinted at the move last week during the Group of Seven meeting in Italy, saying, “We let it be known to those countries that are expecting from us air-defense systems in the future that they’re going to have to wait.”

The decision to redirect U.S. production of air-defense interceptors reflects the limits of the Western defense industrial base, which has struggled to supply enough armaments to meet global demand. It also is an acknowledgment of Ukraine’s urgent need amid intensified attacks by Russia.

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