American long range MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System spotted in Ukraine

MGM-140 ATACMS
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Ukrainians filmed on a mobile phone camera Himars moving along the highway with an American MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System long-range ATACMS missile.

A few hours ago, residents of Ukraine filmed the first Himars MLRS equipped with a long-range tactical missile ATACMS on a mobile phone camera. This is confirmed by the geolocation of the area, which completely coincides with the area on panoramic maps, as well as a video recording, on which you can see the complex itself moving across the territory of Ukraine.

On the presented video frames, you can see how one M142 Himars launcher moves along the highway. Despite the cap covering the missile rail, it can be seen that it is exactly one large-diameter missile, indicating that an ATACMS tactical missile is being transported. Moreover, netizens have established that the video footage was taken on the territory of Ukraine, as evidenced by the discovered panoramic images on Google. Another, rather indirect, argument is Ukrainian music playing in the car from which the filming is being made.

However we were not able to independently confirm the information that we are really talking about the territory of Ukraine, however, given the fact that the United States does not voice the weapons supplied to Ukraine, such missiles could well have arrived in Ukraine without publicity.

Earlier it was reported that Ukraine needs more long-range artillery (including 300km ATACMS), ammo, parts and longer-range air defense to stop Russia. Even many times Ukrainian official ask to the US to supply long-range missiles and ballistic missiles.

Former US ambassadors and generals, as well as former officials from the State Department and the Pentagon, urged the Biden administration to immediately send more advanced weaponry to Ukraine, arguing that delays risk a more difficult and dangerous situation with Russia later if it is left unchecked.

In a Wednesday op-ed published in The Hill, nearly 20 former senior officers and officials wrote that Ukraine needs more long-range weaponry to fend off Russian advancements and disrupt the military’s ammunition storage, fuel sources, and supplies.

MGM-140 ATACMS

Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) are 24/7, all-weather, surface-to-surface, inertially guided missiles used to engage targets in the corps/Army area of influence. ATACMS were used extensively in both Operation Desert Storm (1991) and in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003) ground wars for shaping operations by the joint force, Joint Special Operations Forces and Army Land Component Command operational levels. There is one missile per launching assembly (missile pod) with two missiles per launcher load in the M270/ M270A1 Multiple-Launch Rocket System and one missile in the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launcher.

Targets include air defense artillery sites, surface-to-surface missile units, logistics sites, command and control complexes and helicopter forward operating bases. ATACMS provides the warfighter the ability to engage both point and area high value targets with precision fires out to 300 km.

Variants

M39 Block I

  • Range: 25-165 km
  • Payload: 950 Anti-Personnel, Anti-Materiel (APAM) bomblets
  • Guidance: Inertial

M39A1 Block IA

  • Range: 70-300 km
  • Payload: 300 APAM bomblets
  • Guidance: Inertial with Global Positioning System (GPS) Aided

M48 Quick Reaction Unitary

  • Range: 70-300 km
  • Payload: Unitary Warhead
  • Guidance: Inertial with GPS Aided

M57 TACMS 2000 Unitary

  • Range: 70-300 km
  • Payload: Unitary Warhead
  • Guidance: Inertial with GPS Aided

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