Reportedly, the U.S. is slated to send Ukraine the most advanced weapons system that it has given as of yet to the Eastern European country across the entire first three months of war against the Russian invaders.
Democrat President Joe Biden issued the announcement via an op-ed that was published in the New York Times this past Tuesday evening, stating that the U.S. will be giving an advanced rocket system, along with its munitions, to Ukraine “that will enable them to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine.”
“The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) that the U.S. is sending is a mobile rocket launcher that can strike targets from 40 to over 300 miles away, depending on the type of rocket it is outfitted with,” read a report from Politico. “The rockets that the administration has decided to send are on the shorter end, reaching up to 48 miles.”
However, one senior official within the administration went behind the president and stated that the weapons system was only going to be going to Ukraine if the U.S. was given “direct assurances” from Ukraine’s leadership that it would never be used to hit any target within Russia proper.
“While there are limitations placed on their range, the HIMARS is a vastly more modern weapons system than anything the Ukrainians, or the Russians, can currently put on the battlefield,” continued Politico. “The vehicle-mounted launchers can fire volleys of six guided rockets at a time that land within several feet of their intended target, an accuracy unmatched in the artillery duels taking place across the Donbas in Eastern Ukraine. The vehicle carrying the launchers can also travel at more than 50 miles per hour.”
This new weapons system that is slated to go to Ukraine follows behind the set of 90 155 mm M777 towed howitzers that the administration sent in.
“You’re already seeing the Ukrainians being willing to go on the counteroffensive in the Donbas [region of Ukraine]. They are taking back some towns that the Russians have taken in the past,” claimed one senior official with the Defense Department. “We do believe that the howitzers … are having an impact, particularly in Kharkiv. Now is that the only reason? I don’t think we would go that far to say that, but we do believe that the systems they’re getting — not just the U.S. systems but the systems from other countries — are absolutely helping them regain some momentum and to take back some territory.”
It was reported by The New York Times that the American-made M777 howitzers “are the most powerful and destructive of the many types now being provided by NATO countries” to the defending Ukrainian military.
“They fire three miles farther than the most common artillery system used by the Russian army in the Ukraine war, the Msta-S self-propelled howitzer — and 10 miles farther if shooting a precision, GPS-guided projectile,” read the report. “Since their deployment two weeks ago, the dozen or so howitzers operating in two artillery batteries had by Sunday fired 1,876 rounds.”