The Ukrainian M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) was probably destroyed in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. As well as a Russian 2S19 Msta 152 mm self-propelled howitzer destroyed by Ukraine.
Multiple videos and photos shown that the Russian artillery is likely to destroyed a US-made M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) high-mobility rocket launcher, and it has been determined that it severely damaged a “crab” self-propelled howitzer provided by Poland and destroyed a few US-made M777A2 ultra-light howitzers. Earlier, one M109A2 self-propelled howitzer provided by Norway was damaged.
HIMARS get's tracked by RU and allegedly destroyed by an Iskander, Krasnoarmeysk, Donetsk area.
The one scenario they could have skipped the degrading and cutting and they don't. 🤦 pic.twitter.com/jZKbpu7fHY
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The Ukrainian military also released a video showing that a Russian 2S19 “Msta-S” self-propelled howitzer exploded after being hit by Ukrainian anti-artillery fire and was blown into parts. It is reported that the 2S19 “Msta-S” self-propelled howitzer exposed its position after firing, and was immediately discovered by the Ukrainian drone. The Ukrainian anti-artillery fire immediately opened fire on it and hit it immediately.
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The 2S19 “Msta-S” is one of the most advanced self-propelled howitzers in the Russian army, although its overall performance has fallen behind that of the most advanced Western weapons. In the ongoing war, the Russian army lost a lot of these advanced self-propelled howitzers, including those destroyed by the Ukrainian army, as well as those abandoned by the Russian army and then captured by the Ukrainian army, which naturally also supplemented the Ukrainian army. This kind of self-propelled howitzer, which was in service in the late 1980s, is in service with the armies of many countries, including Ukraine, which is very familiar to the Ukrainian army. Even if there is a problem, it is easy to repair.
In the ongoing war, both the Russian and Ukrainian armies lost a lot of artillery, among which the Russian artillery had the advantage of scale and had sufficient ammunition replenishment, while the Ukrainian artillery has a precision advantage and an equipment performance advantage with the arrival of more Western artillery; in addition, the Ukrainian artillery has a better firepower command system, including specialised The support of artillery software and drones is also the most important factor for the Ukrainian artillery to continue to fight against the Russian artillery despite the scale disadvantage.
In addition, long before the war, many Western countries, including the United States, continued to provide anti-artillery radar to Ukraine. After the war began, anti-artillery radar became one of the key pieces of aid equipment. Although these Western-provided anti-artillery radars vary in model, their performance and reliability are considered to far exceed the Russian Army’s Zoo-1M anti-artillery radar, which is not only insufficient in performance and reliability but also insufficient in quantity, so that the Russian anti-artillery troops even had to use the outdated audio positioning system. This old-fashioned positioning system is very large, and the positioning accuracy and distance are also very limited, making it difficult to adapt to modern artillery warfare. Under the threat of the Ukrainian anti-artillery firepower, the Russian artillery even had to disperse the artillery to avoid being caught.
In this high-intensity war of attrition, the rate of loss of personnel and equipment faced by the Russian and Ukrainian armies is far from comparable to the low-intensity security war in Afghanistan. Not to mention, the Ukrainian army is gradually changing to Western weapons. NATO continues to provide them with the weapons and ammunition they need, and it is expected that after the passage of the new Lend-Lease Act in fiscal year 2023, the rate of military assistance will increase significantly;
The arsenal of weapons and equipment that the Russian army possesses is continually being unlocked, and the military industry is likewise running at full capacity. The deputy prime minister in charge of manufacturing for the armed forces has also been replaced because of this. However, the outlook is not promising. Russian military companies are struggling with a lack of parts and components in addition to poor storage of inventory of weapons and equipment and a small number of re-services. Even in the damaged Russian missiles, the Ukrainian army found traces of the 1980s. This demonstrates that while dismantling decommissioned missiles, the Russian military recycles accessible parts for new missiles, let alone commercial parts used in weapons production.