That’s why Russia seeks massed artillery and unguided rockets

PANAGYURISHTE ($1=1.95 Bulgarian Levs) — About eight months after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the sanctions are starting to work. Their effectiveness is manifested more on the front than on the ruble. Russia will soon face the perfect artillery storm.

That's why Russia seeks massive shells and unguided rockets
Photo credit: KCNA via Reuters

At the beginning of the war [February and March], Russia carried out precision missile strikes on military sites, the military-industrial complex, and warehouses of Ukraine. Precise artillery strikes followed. Russia’s greatest success came – control over Donbass. Despite the successes, Russia is beginning to suffer defeats, and a successful counter-offensive by the Ukrainian armed forces is currently in action.

There is an explanation for this, and it is not in favor of Moscow. Despite successful attacks, Russia did them too slowly, using too many resources. It’s not about equipment, soldiers [although he lost a lot], or weapons systems. These are very spent precision-guided Russian missiles that were in storage. These missiles, as it turned out, have integrated Western components, mostly integrated circuits, and chips.

Now, because of the sanctions, Russia cannot import these components. It is obvious and already clear – it cannot produce its own. According to US intelligence, 3,600 precision-guided missiles have been launched by Russia since the start of the war. They all used western components that are no longer available.

Thus, long-range precise rockets and artillery shells begin to decrease. The same problem that Ukraine had this summer [the lack of missiles] is now haunting Russia. And despite initial precision Russian strikes, Ukraine held on. Currently, Ukraine has more reliable missile suppliers than Russia can rely upon with its vast missile-industrial military complex.

Russian 300mm 9M544 Smerch rockets use chips sold by AliExpress
Photo credit: Gagadget

As the number of long-range precision-guided rockets decreases, Russia is forced to look for another solution. This is precisely why Moscow is reaching out to North Korean missiles of Soviet design. From North Korea, Russia can get many thousands of missiles, but they are only unguided artillery shells and rockets.

With such munitions, Russia will be forced to withdraw the artillery for unguided projectiles and missiles further on the front line. This means that a large part of the delivered North Korean missiles will also be stored in more advanced positions. In this way, its long-range precision artillery will remain in the rear front positions and will be used only when necessary, due to a limited amount of ammunition.

Thus, Russia will find itself in the perfect artillery storm created by the Ukrainian armed forces. Western partners regularly supply surface-to-surface and air-to-surface guided missiles to the Ukrainian defense. Currently, Ukraine has 26 HIMARS units [this is what the Pentagon claims]. The Ukrainians have already proven that they can target missiles fired from HIMARS, which puts future North Korean missile stockpiles on the front line at serious risk.

Russia shows the use of forgotten 203mm Pion artillery in Ukraine
Photo: YouTube

Last but not least, the US helped Ukraine integrate the AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missile into the MiG-29 and Su-27 launchers. In this way, the Ukrainians can easily break a “radar hole” and direct a HIMARS missile to the target. Just like they did at the Crimean Saki base.

All of this could become a reality if this is exactly what the Russians are allegedly doing. And in Russia, it is already being said that Kharkiv was never a target of Moscow and that is why the Russian soldiers are “withdrawing”. Is that so?


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