The Minister of Defense of Ukraine announced the receipt of HIMARS reaching Russia
In the future, Ukraine will receive HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems from the United States, with a range of 300 km. Confidence in this was expressed by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov in a conversation with the Financial Times.
Initially, the newspaper notes, the US was hesitant to send HIMARS systems with a range of up to 80 km and GPS-guided munitions, fearing that such a move could escalate the war. Now, Reznikov argues, Washington has revised its assessment.
Ukraine is already negotiating with the United States on the supply of long-range missiles for HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems. As Fyodor Venislavsky, a member of the committee on national security and defense of the Verkhovna Rada, said, Kyiv “has every chance” to receive shells. Now the Armed Forces of Ukraine have installations with a range of up to 70 km.
Reznikov called the main obstacle to new supplies fears of the West that Ukrainian officials and the military could plunder and sell weapons supplied by the West abroad. Some European politicians who are “addicted to cheap gas and money” from Russia are spreading false claims about the risk of weapons smuggling from Ukraine, which plays into Moscow’s hands, he said.
According to the Ukrainian minister, Kyiv is ready to ensure the transparency of arms supplies in various ways. He said that some allied countries sent military representatives to Ukraine to monitor the supplies, and suggested that others follow their example.
Ukraine also uses NATO software to track how Western-provided weapons are being used. With it, alliance members can track specific weapons. Kyiv is promising to deploy two more tracking systems that will run in parallel with NATO software.
Reznikov argues that heavy weapons systems such as 155mm howitzers or missile systems supplied by the US cannot be stolen. All major equipment is equipped with GPS trackers. It can also be tracked by Western military satellites.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, neither the Ukrainian government nor the customs authorities have received any notification from Europol about cases of arms smuggling, Reznikov added. According to him, weapons from the territory of Ukraine crossed the border only twice. In the first case, it was about repairing a howitzer delivered from the West, and in the second, about the delivery of blown up Russian tanks for exhibitions in Warsaw and Prague.
The United States transferred eight MLRS HIMARS to Ukraine and plan to send four more. In addition, Reznikov said, the arsenal of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is replenished with MLRS M270 systems. The Norwegian authorities announced the dispatch of the systems two weeks ago.
HIMARS and MLRS have similar capabilities and range, but HIMARS has more speed due to the wheeled chassis. The MLRS is tracked and has less mobility than HIMARS, which can reach speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour (80 km/h), allowing the military to fire a salvo and move to a new location before Russian drones spot them. HIMARS can launch six missiles at a time, MLRS – 12.
Washington believes that the Ukrainian army uses HIMARS with high efficiency. With their help, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have already managed to destroy more than a dozen Russian weapons depots. By According to the captain of the 103rd Territorial Defense Brigade Alexander Ganushchin, the American MLRS help offset the advantage of the Russian army in ammunition by 7-10 times.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation claimed that the Russian military managed to destroy two HIMARS installations, however, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine called these statements a fake.
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