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Ukrαine Used America’s HIMARS Rocket System to Blast The Russiαns For The First Time

A former U.S. Army officer explains HIMARS and details what could be the first video of the system at war in Ukrαine:

The artillery duel in Ukrαine is heating up as a top American multiple launch rocket system has already made an appearance on the battlefield to blast Russiαn positions.

The first HIMARS – High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems – were delivered to Ukrαine this week, with four more on the way according to an additional announcement June 23.

HIMARS Can Turn the Tide

Social media video shows how HIMARS rockets are punishing the invaders. The Donbas region has seen fierce artillery bσмbardments from both sides during the war. Now, Kyiv hopes to use the HIMARS to mitigate Moscow’s own artillery tactics and make Vladimir Putin’s forces pay for their transgressions.

It Is Already Sending Rockets Down Range

HIMARS rockets dealt a recent blow to Russiα’s troops. Check out the video here of a night-time fire mission that shows the multiple launch rockets leaping out of their tubes in a blazing crescendo.

HIMARS system firing in Ukrαine. Image Credit: Twitter Video Screenshot.

Night Mission Captured on Video

Analyst Rob Lee from the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a think tank based in Philadelphia, posted on Twitter in the early hours of June 24 the following statement. “Reportedly the first footage of American HIMARS MLRS being used by Ukrαine in combat.”

Let Her Rip

If confirmed, this is a “rocket” fast deployment of a complex weapon that was a major piece of an arms shipment from the United States.

This delivery was part of $700 million bundle announced May 31 of military aid that included the HIMARS in hopes that Ukrαine would have more accurate artillery fires.

The United States does not want the tactical missiles to fall into Russiαn territory, but otherwise the Pentagon is happy to supply such lethal rockets that can harass and interdict the Kremlin’s soldiers.

Bring the Steel

HIMARS can fire munitions from 50 miles away. You can see below how valuable the weapon will be in Donbas as the Ukrαiniαns have repeatedly called for long-range artillery.

Keep Russiα on Its Heels

Colin H. Kahl, undersecretary of defense for policy, told journalists covering the Pentagon, “These are precision guided systems with extended range. For high value targets that allows them to keep some of the pressure off of Ukrαiniαn forces on the front, [which] we think these systems will be very useful.”

HIMARS, transported by a five-ton truck, is difficult for the enemy to track and pin down. It can launch in minutes after stopping, complete its fire mission, and then move to the next location to quickly repeat the process.

Features of HIMARS

This is a 24-7 all weather system. The launch pod fires six 227mm GPS guided-rockets. The three-soldier crew can change launch pods rapidly.

Ukrαine will likely use HIMARS to eliminate enemy artillery in counter-battery fire. The idea is to first stay out of range from Russiαn artillery.

The invaders currently have an advantage in long-range fires, and it will be up to the HIMARS to even the score.

The system can also be utilized to support troop movement in dangerous close situations when the enemy is threatening friendly positions.

Fire missions can also jeopardize Russiαn ammunition and fuel depots to make it more difficult to replenish troops in Donbas.

The Ukrαiniαns have shown they can be trained quickly on complex systems. It is telling that they may have already activated the system.

This is a significant development in Ukrαine’s artillery capabilities. Counter-battery fire, close air support, and eliminating logistics sites will endear the HIMARS to Ukrαiniαn forces.

More of these multiple-launch systems would be a welcome addition.