Germany Promises Three More HIMARS Rocket Systems to Ukraine

Since Russia's full-scale invasion began in February 2022, the U.S. has provided Ukraine with a minimum of 39 HIMARS systems.
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  • 01:21 PM, May 10, 2024
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Germany Promises Three More HIMARS Rocket Systems to Ukraine
M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS)

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius announced intentions to jointly provide Ukraine with three M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) units.

"Working alongside the Americans, we will procure three HIMARS launchers for Ukraine," stated German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius during discussions with reporters in Washington, D.C., following a meeting with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday. "These launchers will be sourced from the U.S. Armed Forces and funded by us," the minister confirmed.

The HIMARS is a missile-launching system mounted on trucks capable of firing multiple guided missiles rapidly. These systems can launch a barrage of six rockets, striking targets up to approximately 50 miles away, thereby placing Russian troop concentrations, command centers, and supply bases within range.

Since Russia's full-scale invasion began in February 2022, the U.S. has provided Ukraine with a minimum of 39 HIMARS systems. Additionally, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and France have contributed 25 M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems, a tracked variant of the HIMARS. While the M270 is less mobile than the HIMARS due to its tracked configuration, it boasts twice the rocket capacity.

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