Russia is developing a “new tactic” to counter the effects of US-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) that have left the Russian military in a “desperate state,” according to a Ukrainian official.
Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, told Sky News in an interview published on Thursday that the new tactic was called “dispersal”.
“They now do less ammunition stacking and so on. But that doesn’t help them,” he said.
US HIMARS in Ukraine, 16 of which have been deployed to the war-torn country so far, have drawn attention for their success in recent weeks. Attack on Russia. Dozens Russian ammunition depot One of the targets reported to have been destroyed by Ukraine highlights why Russia is trying to spread its munitions.
Newsweek Could not independently verify new Russian tactic to counter HIMARS attacks. The defense ministries of Russia and Ukraine were contacted for confirmation and comment.
According to HIMARS manufacturer Lockheed Martin, the systems have an “accepted and proven” range of up to 300 kilometers, equivalent to about 186 miles, and can deliver “rapid, long-range precision strikes.” The corporation said the munitions in development would be able to offer a longer range of 499 kilometers, about 310 miles, in the future.
Danilov told Sky News that Russian soldiers were “scared” of the weapon.
“First, they don’t know where the missiles will come from, they can’t intercept them,” he said. “They fall into a trance state.”
Ukraine’s success with HIMARS was “unexpected” for Russia and has earned it such notoriety in the war that the acronym is synonymous with “death,” according to Danilov.
US and Ukrainian officials have repeatedly claimed the effectiveness of HIMARS against Russian targets.
The The latest US security assistance package to Ukraine, which cost $1 billion, includes additional HIMARS ammunition. inside Pentagon In a Monday release detailing the package’s contents, Colin Kahl, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, explained that Ukraine is successfully using the HIMARS munitions, a Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS), against Russia.
“The munitions themselves, these GMLRS… are having a very profound impact,” he said. “It’s a 200-pound warhead, it’s the equivalent of an air strike, obviously—a precision-guided air strike. These are GPS-guided munitions. They’re very effective at hitting things that the Ukrainians previously had trouble hitting reliably. .”
When the most recent shipment of four HIMARS arrived in Ukraine last week, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov celebrated the delivery and thanked the US for bolstering its forces.
“We have proven to be smart operators of this weapon,” he said Tweeted. “The sound of the #HIMARS volley has been a hit on the front lines this summer!”