Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Ukraine loses first HIMARS to Russian missile strike

Pro-Kremlin Telegram channels have released footage purportedly showing the destruction of Ukraine’s first M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) in a Russian missile strike.

According to Russian sources, the attack was carried out by the Iskander tactical missile system, resulting in the HIMARS launcher catching fire and missiles detonating. White smoke, characteristic of rocket fuel, was observed emanating from the site.

This incident marks the first confirmed loss of a Ukrainian HIMARS launcher, following several unsuccessful attempts by Russian forces, one of which resulted in damage to the HIMARS launcher.


Ukrainian HIMARS units have proven to be a significant threat to Russian forces, targeting training bases, command posts, and troop concentrations with remarkable precision over long distances. Consequently, Russian efforts have been heavily focused on neutralizing Ukrainian HIMARS capabilities for propaganda purposes.

The M142 HIMARS utilizes a 6×6 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) truck chassis to mount a single pod of rockets or missiles. In comparison, the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System, mounted on a tracked chassis, can carry two pods. Among the rockets deployed by the HIMARS are the M31 guided types, known for their exceptional precision striking capabilities over distances exceeding 50 miles. This advanced weaponry has provided a significant advantage to Ukrainian forces, enabling them to target enemy positions effectively and with unparalleled accuracy.

Notably, there are no equivalents to the HIMARS system in the Russian arsenal, with the closest analogs being Soviet-era Uragan rocket systems. Simultaneously, Ukrainian forces, just this time, successfully blew up three Russian BM-27 “Uragan” rocket systems in the Magedove village in Zaporizhzhia region, using HIMARS launcher.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more



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