The US and its allies need to provide Ukraine with air defense systems in order for Ukraine to help defend its airspace against incoming attacks from Russian forces, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a news conference after the Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting in Brussels Wednesday.
“What needs to be done here by all the various countries that were at the conference today is chip in and help them rebuild and sustain an integrated air and missile defense system,” Milley said.
The United States' proposed plan: Milley laid out a plan where different air defense systems that several countries have, including Israel and Germany, should be given to Ukraine, and then the systems can be used together to protect Ukraine’s airspace.
“Many countries have Patriot, many countries have other systems, there’s a whole series of Israeli systems that are quite capable, the Germans have systems as we mentioned, so a lot of the countries that were here today have a wide variety of systems,” Milley said. “The task will be to bring those together, get them deployed, get them trained, cause each of these systems is different, make sure they can link together with a command and control and communication systems and make sure they have radars that can talk to each other so they can acquire targets on the inbound flights.”
The execution of this strategy will be “quite complicated from a technical standpoint,” but Milley said it “is achievable.”
When asked by a journalist when the air defense systems will arrive in Ukraine, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said, “the systems will be provided as fast as we can physically get them there.”