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The US is considering sending older Hawk air defence equipment from storage to Ukraine to help it defend against Russian drone and cruise missile attacks, two US officials told Reuters.

The Hawk interceptor missiles would be an upgrade to the Stinger missile systems – a smaller, shorter range air defence system – that the US has already sent to blunt Russia’s invasion.

The Biden administration would use the presidential drawdown authority (PDA) to transfer the Hawk equipment, which is based on Vietnam-era technology but has been upgraded several times.

A Hawk surface-to-air missile system is seen on display at the Black Sea defence and aerospace exhibition in Bucharest in May. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

The Hawk system is the predecessor to Patriot missile defence system made by Raytheon Technologies, which remains off the table for Ukraine, US officials told Reuters.

The US would likely initially…

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This article was written by Samantha Lock and originally published on www.theguardian.com