US plans to send four additional HIMARS rocket launcher systems to Ukraine

According to information published by the "POLITICO" website on June 18, 2022, the United States is studying the possibility of giving Ukraine four additional M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System).
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U.S. Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment (HiMARS), 18th Field Artillery Brigade, fire a round from an M142 HIMARS at Sicily Drop Zone, Ft. Bragg, N.C. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

In recent weeks, Ukraine has requested more artillery weapon systems to fight Russian forces with longer-range engagement capabilities. Ukraine has specifically requested this capability, which will allow the Ukrainian Armed Forces to engage the invading force with accurate fire at ranges of approximately 70 kilometers. In fact, the HIMARS uses a wide range of rockets able to hit targets at a range of up to 70 km.

This new request for new HIMARS rocket launcher systems must be approved by the White House before sending any new military aid to Ukraine.

On June 1, 2022, the United States announced the delivery of four M142 HIMARS to Ukraine as well as an undisclosed number of guided rockets. Today, the United States would like to send four additional M142 HIMARS to Ukraine.

According to the current combat situation on the ground, the Russian forces have more artillery power with new long-range artillery weapons and combat vehicles, Ukraine will be able to continue the artillery battle in the East part of Ukraine.

Citing information published by the "POLITICO" website, the U.S. administration expects to approve a number of additional HIMARS in the upcoming package as well as more guided munitions. The first group of 60 Ukrainian soldiers has wrapped up training on the HIMARS MLRS, and the four artillery systems already approved to be donated will be delivered to the front lines by the end of the month, Gen. Mark Milley, the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Brussels this week.

On June 15, 2022, during a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, Ukraine requested more HIMARS to counter the advance of Russian troops in the Donbas region and help Ukrainian soldiers in their fight against Russian troops.

The M142 HIMARS is an air-transportable, rocket/missile artillery system that is capable of firing all rockets and missiles in the current and MFOM (Multiple Launch Rocket System Family of Munitions). The HIMARS, implementing the new Universal Fire Control System (UFCS), is deployable by C-130 military transport aircraft, fully combat loaded, and fully armored on larger aircraft (C-17 and C-5). The HIMARS firing platform, known as the Loader Launcher Module (LLM), is mounted on a five-ton Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) wheeled truck chassis. Using guided rocket, the HIMARS is able to reach a target at a distance of up to 70 km and 300 km using missiles.