American HIMARS MLRS have officially arrived in Ukraine. The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov announced this on his Twitter account.
"HIMARS have arrived to Ukraine. Thank you to my American colleague and friend Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III for these powerful tools! Summer will be hot for russian occupiers. And the last one for some of them," Reznikov wrote.
Details of the supply are not disclosed, but it can be argued that it is the transfer of the first batch of four vehicles, which were previously located near Ukraine and which were used to train gun-crews for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
At the same time, as previously reported, the training of the first team was to end by June 15, and the arrival of American MLRS in Ukraine was expected by the end of this month, so we can conclude that our US partners delivered these systems to Ukraine in time. And we hope that soon we will see how these MLRS "treat with fire" the russian occupation army.
Defense Express notes that the M270 and M142 HIMARS are universal launchers. The only difference between them is the chassis and the size of the rocket pack, which in the M270 is twice as large. Both systems can fire unguided rockets at a distance of up to 45 km, high-precision M30 and M31 missiles at a range of up to 70 km, and most importantly ballistic tactical missiles at a distance of up to 300 km.