GMLRS guided missiles for HIMARS systems supplied to Ukraine by the American side are capable of hitting the vast majority of targets on the battlefield, including Crimea. This was announced on Tuesday, October 4, by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper.
The 277mm GMLRS projectiles are ammunition for the HIMARS Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS). The missile firing range is estimated at 80 km. However, the Ukrainian authorities insist on providing other ammunition for American systems – ATACMS operational-tactical missiles, which increase the range to 300 km.
“We estimate that with the GMLRS that they already have for HIMARS … they can finish off the vast majority of targets on the battlefield,” Cooper said, thus justifying the absence of the need for the supply of ATACMS missiles.
For the first time, US President Joe Biden announced the delivery of HIMARS jet systems on June 1. Then Moscow regarded the transfer of installations as a provocation, but Washington indicated that the provision of jet systems was implemented on the condition that the Kyiv regime would not use them for strikes on the territory of the Russian Federation.
M142 HIMARS is a system on a three-wheeled chassis, the release of which started in the 1990s. The concept of the weapon is reduced to the speed of striking and high accuracy, while the installation cannot be classified as a precision weapon. HIMARS can be compared with Russian multiple launch rocket systems such as Uragan, Smerch and Tornado-S, especially with the most advanced corrective missiles of the latest generations. At the same time, the use of the ATACMS missile instead of the GMLRS, together with the American missile system, raises the complex to more advanced models of Russian technology, including the Iskander operational-tactical missile system.
Western countries have increased the shipment of weapons and military equipment to Kyiv against the backdrop of a special operation carried out by the Russian Federation to protect Donbass. The decision on the special operation was made after the increased shelling of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics by Ukrainian militants. The key goals of the Russian military are the denazification and demilitarization of the Kyiv regime. This is necessary to ensure the security of the Russian state and people, the Kremlin said.
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