Ukrainians have begun training on HIMARS outside of the country
WASHINGTON — Ukraine will receive the long-awaited 227mm HIMARS artillery weapon systems from the United States, and sources say the first Ukrainian artillerymen are already training on the HIMARS system in an undiscovered location outside the country. BulgarianMilitary.com can only assume that this is most likely Poland, as in recent weeks various sources have been sending Ukrainians training on various weapons systems there.
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The HIMARS training is currently underway, according to a senior US defense official, and this information was provided by ABC reporter Matt Seyler. “U.S. trainers are working with the Ukrainians at an undisclosed location outside of the country. The first round of training is expected to take about 3 weeks,” Seyler said on Twitter.
Ukraine will receive four HIMARS systems. Defense Blog reports that most likely they have already been located in Europe. There is logic in this statement because since the beginning of the war, the provision of already deployed weapons systems in Europe is a strong chain of the established network of military supplies to Ukraine.
In addition to receiving HIMARS, the Ukrainians will use 227 mm artillery shells, they will also receive an increased range of destruction. 155mm howitzers, which are constantly arriving in Ukraine from different countries, have a range of about 30 km, while HIMARS is estimated to be twice as much.
About M142 HIMARS
The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System [HIMARS] is a light multiple rocket launcher designed in the late 1990s. This system also falls into the category of tactical ballistic system, because it fires a missile type MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System [ATACMS].
The manufacturer of M142 HIMARS is Lockheed Martin. The system has documented participation in three wars: the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, and the Syrian Civil War. According to unconfirmed information and according to the claims of Ukraine’s military intelligence, the M142 HIMARS was delivered by the United States to the Ukrainian armed forces, and the system is actively involved in the war against Russia.
The United States, Singapore, the UAE, Jordan, and Romania are the operators of M142 HIMARS at the moment. Poland is the next country to acquire [or has already acquired] this missile system, and potential customers of M142 HIMARS are at least ten other countries from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
M142 HIMARS launches 227 mm caliber missiles. Depending on the type of ammunition, the system has a different operating range – from 2 to 300 km and from 300 to 500 km if it uses Precision Strike Missile [PsM] – a missile also manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The crew consists of three people, the main armament is 6 × 227 mm M26, M30 / M31 series rockets, or 1 MGM-140 ATACMS missile.
The M142 HIMARS is mounted on a standard Army M1140 truck frame. It is powered by a diesel engine that guarantees a top speed of 85 km / h [52.8 mph]. With one refueling of the fuel tank, the system can travel just under 500 km.
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