Hawk Air Defence


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    • The United States (US) is considering retrieving older HAWK air defence equipment from storage to send to Ukraine.
      • The HAWK interceptor missiles would be an upgrade to the Stinger missile system, which is a smaller, shorter-range air defence system. 


    • HAWK, short for ‘Homing All the Way Killer’
    • It entered service with the US Army in 1959, during the Vietnam war. 
    • It is an American medium-range surface-to-air missile.
    • It underwent upgrades over the decades that followed, 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 that Raytheon built in the 1990s. 
    • US forces largely stopped using HAWK from the early years of the new century. 

    Source: IE