Source: The post is based on the article “This Word Means | HAWK air defence equipment” published in Indian Express on 25th October 2022
What is the News?
The United States is considering retrieving older HAWK air defence equipment from storage to send to Ukraine which is facing a heavy barrage of Russian drone-fired and cruise missiles.
Note: The HAWK interceptor missiles would be an upgrade to the Stinger missile systems – a smaller, shorter-range air defense system – that the United States has already sent to Ukraine.
What is HAWK air defence equipment?
HAWK stands for ‘Homing All the Way Killer’.
It is a medium-range, surface-to-air guided missile that provides air defence coverage against low-to-medium-altitude aircraft.
It has been developed by Raytheon, a US-based aerospace and defense company.
It initially entered service with the US army in 1959. It has been superseded by the Patriot missile defense system.