Ukraine receives Himars rocket launchers from the US. The new weapons complement Kiev’s arsenal and could prove crucial in the new phase of the war with Russia. What are the Himars? What characteristics do they have? The Himars (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) is a lighter wheeled system, installed on trucks, capable of firing large quantities of ammunition. The system is capable of launching rockets with a range of about 80 kilometers, thus allowing to strike from a distance and in conditions of greater safety for those who use the device.
The new artillery systems have a much higher range than those sent by the US to Ukraine so far. The M777 Howitzers, sent out last month, have been a significant increase in power and range compared to the systems previously sent, but do not exceed 25 kilometers: these characteristics limit the possibility of identifying targets.
The United States has used the Himars system repeatedly in recent years. In 2015 it was used in Iraq, in 2016 it was used to hit ISIS positions in Syria. In 2018, employment in Afghanistan was reported.