Since the beginning of the year, the Russian army has already destroyed 7 HIMARS systems. According to updated data from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, 7 HIMARS missile systems have already been destroyed in Ukraine since the beginning of this year.
This is a kind of record for the Russian military, as 23 multiple-launch rocket systems of this type were destroyed over the entire past year.
From the official data announced by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, one HIMARS system was destroyed by a return fire on January 1 after striking the building of a vocational school in Makeevka.
This was the first HIMARS system to be destroyed this year. On January 3, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced the destruction of two HIMARS systems in the Kramatorsk region and four HIMARS MLRS in the territory of the settlement.
Druzhkovka (initially, only two systems of this type were reported affected). This is a kind of record for the number of destruction of HIMARS systems within just three days, while, based on the official data of the Russian defense department, it follows that since the summer of 2022, the entire Russian army has already hit and destroyed 30 HIMARS systems.
How many more HIMARS systems are in service with Ukraine is unknown. However, based on official data voiced by the United States, a total of 20 HIMARS systems were officially delivered to Ukraine, which may indicate that unofficial deliveries took place.
HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) is a highly mobile, lightweight multiple rocket launcher system developed by Lockheed Martin. It is designed to be air-transportable and can be deployed by land or sea.
HIMARS can launch various rockets and missiles, including the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS), a precision-guided munition that can be used for various missions, including close support, counterbattery fire, and interdiction.
HIMARS can also launch the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), a long-range, surface-to-surface missile used for deep strike missions. HIMARS is equipped with a six-rocket launcher and can be reloaded while on the move.
It is also equipped with an automated fire control system and can be remotely operated. The United States military and several other countries use HIMARS. It has been used in several conflicts, including in Afghanistan and Iraq.