Will the US multi-rocket missiles announced in Ukraine be game changers?
On Tuesday, the United States announced that it would send several rocket missile systems to Ukraine, but its potential for real ground change against the Russian military was not so clear. Equipped with a light shield that can launch multiple missiles at once – the announcement of the Himmars mobile rocket launcher system.
Russian and Ukrainian forces already use similar tools, but American Himar systems have a longer range and are more accurate.
According to a senior White House official, deliveries to kyiv this time around are limited to about 80 kilometers. Washington does not want the Ukrainian military to shoot at targets in Russian territory. “We are not going to send rocket systems to Ukraine that could hit Russia.”Joe Biden told reporters Monday morning.
What weapons are these?
M142 Himars Systems is a modernized, lighter and lighter armored version of the M270 MLRS, fitted with chains and developed in the 1970s by the United States and its allies.
Himmers can carry two types of missile launchers: one that allows simultaneous launch of 227mm guide missiles, and the other is the ATACMS tactical missile with long range. But the United States does not provide kyiv ATACMS tactical missiles with a range of up to 300 kilometers.
A small team can reload the missiles in minutes. This will require training for Ukrainian soldiers.
The U.S. military has already deployed Himalayas in Europe. Poland and Romania, members of NATO, also have them. The amount that Washington plans to send to Ukraine has not yet been specified.
Why are they so expected?
Many U.S. rocket-propelled grenades will allow Ukrainian armed forces to strike deeper Russian positions while at the same time keeping their batteries further from the front.
Six missiles from Himmars are GPS-guided and have twice the range of the M777 Howitzer, the classic shell gun already supplied by the United States.
This limit makes it possible to place batteries outside the range of Russian artillery and, conversely, can attack them. These missiles could bomb Russian military warehouses, right behind their borders. “Himars will restore power balance”Said a senior U.S. official.
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