Monday, February 26, 2024

Ecuador will deliver its OSA-AKM anti-aircraft missiles to the US

In developing agreements for the transfer of Russian (or ex-Soviet) manufactured material signed last January, the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE) will deliver to the United States six air defense missile systems of this type: 9M33 OSA-AKM (SA-8B Lizard Mod-1).

As announced at that time by the president, Daniel This agreement includes the delivery of material in exchange for new American manufacturing systems and will also include training processes, training, support, the supply of spare parts, and permanent technical assistance.

In this sense, the transfer of the main means of anti-aircraft defense to Ecuador is confirmed. Currently, the vehicles are deployed throughout OSA-AKM Squadron No. 2114 of Fighter Wing No. 21 Taura, but it is unknown if they are in operational condition. There is information that shows that studies were conducted for its continuation and modernization in 2020, but the process was interrupted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Osa System Akm Ecuador 4. Photo Fae

Loss OSA-AKM The Ecuadorians have six missiles, 9M33M3 (170 kg with a 40 kg warhead) per launcher, with a maximum altitude of 12,000 meters but ranges of up to 15,000 meters, accommodating a friend-recognition system (IFF).

Transfer of reinforcement

There is a possibility that the systems will be transferred to the Armed Forces Ukrainians (a country that, at the time, was sold to Ecuador), which apparently have a different 9K33M2 OSA-AK, but it is not confirmed if they have a variant AKM. In fact, by mid-2023, Ukraine will have lost 18 of these systems (three of which can be repaired), but it will have destroyed six and acquired six more in the Armed Forces of Russia.

The Ecuadorian units will then represent an important reinforcement of the short-range anti-air defense capabilities for Ukraine, which also compensates for the losses suffered and increases the inventories of this particular type of model.

Osa System Akm Ecuador 7. Photo Fae

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