After lending some of its most advanced air defense systems, the United States recently revealed plans to procure new Patriot missile systems.

The US Army awarded American aerospace and defense manufacturing giant Raytheon Technologies a whopping $1.2-billion contract to assemble Patriot Missile System fire units.

The deal was made after the Pentagon vowed to deliver Ukraine with the advanced Patriot air defense system last December to strengthen the latter’s long-range capabilities and air defense against Russian invasion.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) also noted that the contract would include funds for a fiscal 2023 foreign military sale previously made with Switzerland.