The Russian military has so far been unable to destroy even one of the valuable High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) that the United States has provided to Ukraine, a senior Defense Department source recently told Politico.
A single HIMARS can launch up to six guided artillery rockets that can track moving targets up to 43 miles distant using infrared sensors and the Global Positioning System. A HIMARS may shoot, move to a new location, reload, and be prepared to kill another target all within a short period of time. The HIMARS has been effective against Russian forces ever since they first arrived in Ukraine in June. The Ukrainian military has employed them to attack command posts and ammunition storage facilities, disperse Russian army concentrations and eliminate top officers. In fact, it’s possible that the HIMARS was involved in a September attack on a gathering of pro-Kremlin politicians in the seized Ukrainian city of Kherson. Ukraine has been using an antiquated, straightforward strategy—fake mockups to fool Russian drones—to defend their HIMARS. From 1,000 feet in the air, a wooden copy appears to be extremely similar to the original, technologically superior HIMARS. The fact that Ukraine’s HIMARS is still unbeaten on the battlefield suggests that it is working out well. As the United States continues to deliver more weapons systems and ammunition to Ukraine, at least 18 more HIMARS are on their way.