Missile Defence for Ukraine: Taran Has a Plan

Ukraine is considering purchasing a missile defense system similar to Israel’s Iron Dome told to the press Defense Minister Andrii Taran.

“Recent developments in Israel have shown the need for missile defense in our country. I would like to note that the Iron Dome is one of the best examples of missile defense, but it is only one of the components of missile defense. Last year, we started certain actions to create a missile defense system for Ukraine. We are considering buying something like the Iron Dome,” Taran said.

Mykhailo Samus, NGRN Director, strongly supports plans of Ukrainian MoD to procure missile defence systems. That should significantly strengthen Ukrainian Armed Forces capabilities against possible Russian full-scale military operation. As Samus told, complex and multilayered missile defence would keep Kremlin out from the final decision to start full-scale operation against Ukraine as it could be a disaster for Russia.

Normally, full-scale Russian military operations against Ukraine will have several stages: informational, special forces operations, electronic warfare, missile attacks, air operations and only after successful results of all of the previous stages Russian commanders will begin land operations. Missile attacks are the most dangerous Russian instrument against Ukraine in this order and algorithms of Russian strategic military operation. Moscow will use missiles to destroy Ukrainian state and military command and control systems as well as critical infrastructure and – what is very important – Ukrainian Air Defence system to allow Russian aircraft to conduct effective air operations. Without proper Air Defence Ukrainian Armed Forces won`t be able to stop further Russian air, land and naval offensive operations. 

However, if Ukraine has the capabilities to resist several waves of Russian missile attacks, Russian air operations won`t be effective. So, as a consequence, in these conditions, land operations will be highly uncomfortable and highly costly for Russians.

In this context, Samus hopes on the fast development of the Ukrainian plans and intentions to procure missile defence systems from the US, other NATO countries and Israel.

Mykhailo Samus

NGRN Director

After 20 years in media as well as in security and defence analysis and consultancy, Mykhailo is an experienced researcher in the sphere of international relations, national resilience and new generation warfare. Served 12 years in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, he gained his Master’s Degree in International Journalism from the Institute of Journalism, Kyiv Shevchenko National University (2007). Having started his career as a journalist at Defense Express, he became the Editor-in-Chief of the Export Control Newsletter magazine, and then the Deputy Director of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies.

He was the founder (2009) of the EU CACDS office in Prague (Czech Republic), and was responsible for the coordination of CACDS international activities, its regional sections, and projects with NATO and the EU. Mykhailo also was the member of the editorial border of the CACDS Analytical Bulletin Challenges and Risks.

Now Mykhailo is a chief and one the drivers of new international project – The New Geopolitics Research Network which is an independent and nonpartisan initiative to provide a think tank platform for researchers, academics, experts, journalists, intellectuals who aspire to shape a new facets of geopolitics.

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