Russia is yet to destroy a single HIMARS, Pentagon says

21 July, 03:40 PM
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff army general Mark Milley (Photo:US Secretary of Defense/www.flickr.com)

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff army general Mark Milley (Photo:US Secretary of Defense/www.flickr.com)

Russia has failed to destroy any of the U.S.-supplied HIMARS rocket artillery systems, operated by Ukraine, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff army general Mark Milley said during a press briefing on July 20.

“To date, those systems have not been eliminated by the Russians and I knock on wood every time I say something like that,” said Milley.

“And they (the Ukrainians) are very effectively using them, employing precision weapons against targets.”

At the same time, HIMARS alone won’t win the battle at large, Milley added.

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“… but it's the integration of a number of capabilities that we have provided and are looking at providing down the road,” the general said.

The latest meeting of over 50 countries which provide Ukraine with security assistance, was held on July 20. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said the allies and partners agreed to “maintain suspense” as to what exactly Kyiv will be getting in near future in terms of weapon systems.

Reznikov earlier said he’s certain Ukraine will get ATACMS missiles for its HIMARS, raising effective firing range to 300 kilometers.

The White House announced a forthcoming $400 million security package, on July 8. It will include four additional HIMARS systems and ammunition for them, bringing the total number of these weapons in Ukrainian hands to 16. According to U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Western allies have already committed to provide a total of 20 HIMARS to Kyiv.

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