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Kyiv’s intelligence chief says HIMARS should be used instead of Soviet-era Tochka-U system

Kirill Budanov, the head of intelligence at Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, has said that Kyiv sees the US-made HIMARS multiple rocket launchers as an excellent alternative to its defunct Soviet-era Tochka-U missile system.

During an interview with The Washington Post on Sunday, Budanov pointed out that the Tochka-U is currently the longest-range missile system in the Ukrainian military’s arsenal. However, he complained. “There are very few of them left.” After five months of fighting with Russia.

The Tochka-U (NATO name ‘SS-21 Scarab’) is a tactical ballistic missile system, which has been around since the 1970s. It carries a single missile and has a range of 120 km (75 mi). According to the Russian military, Kyiv had about 40 Tochka-U launchers at the start of the conflict with Moscow.

But now Ukrainian forces have HIMARS, which the Americans supplied to Kyiv, and “We will fight them” The intelligence chief said.

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By July 22, Kyiv had received 16 high-mobility multiple rocket launchers from Washington. The HIMARS that have been delivered have a range of 85 km (53 mi). But the system can also be fitted with the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) munition, which enables it to hit targets up to 300 kilometers (about 186 miles) away.

So far, the Biden administration has been reluctant to provide ATACMS to Ukraine’s military over concerns that they could be used for attacks on Russian soil, further escalating the conflict.

“If we get a long range. [munitions for HIMARS], we will use them. And the Russians know that either way, this is the end of them with these weapons. Budanov insisted.

He also rejected Moscow’s claim that its forces shot down four US-supplied launchers in Ukraine between July 5 and 20. “We have not lost a single HIMARS, despite what the Russians have claimed.” They said.

Congressman Gives Keef An Update On Himars Delivery.

Congressman Gives Keef An Update On Himars Delivery.

On Monday, Russia’s Defense Ministry also announced that it had destroyed a stockpile of ammunition for HIMARS and US-made M777 howitzers in western Ukraine.

During a visit to Kyiv over the weekend, Adam Smith, chairman of the US House Armed Services Committee, said the US and its allies plan to deliver an additional 25 to 30 rocket systems to Ukraine, including both advanced -Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS).

However, even these supplies are unlikely to meet Kyiv’s demands. Ukraine’s Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov said last month that the country’s military would need 50 HIMARS and at least 100 to mount an effective defense. “An Effective Countermeasure.”

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