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I imagine we are now in HIMARS hype stage like previously M777 and in a couple of weeks it will be the next thing (ATACMS?), These days any success is attributed to HIMARS, but i do have some doubts of that being the case ,hype associated with all things Ukraine is just mindboggling, there is lots of pressure to present a win at every step even though the reality is nothing even remotely close to winning in sight just 1000 soldiers lost per day for well over a month now in a slow but steady grind.
Ukraine possesses or possessed launchers that outrange Himars and in much larger quantities and even guided warheads for them yet no one was publishing stories of winning with those against fixed area targets like ammo depots. ATACMS is likely much less useful than folk think as similar profile missiles like tochka are much easier targets for SAM than multiple rocket salvos. I imagine front-line storage sites are first and foremost being dispersed and maybe some more major hubs being moved back but not that far
Ranges on the maps are drawn as if HIMARS is operating on the very forward edge of the front line !! Instead of far behind it which is a much more survivable option as the danger of enemy recon and counter fires is reduced considerably.
Both sides face similar supply issues, here is Ukrainian depot in Mykolaiv going boom in what looks like 300mm 9M542 rocket from Tornado-S MLRS
Extremely rare and expensive trophy DSR-Precision DSR-1
Russian Lancet loitering munition; haven't seen these before:
I remember the advertisements in the 1980s for Goalkeeper saying is was able to destroy 3 waves of 4 Exocets and that was considered exceptional performance. Also the US thought the majority of the soviet systems were diving from high altitude so very simple to detect and stop even at mach 4+
Both side operated on the assumption that their plans would work and that those of the enemy would fail.
The other thing is that the guns are firing HEI against missiles which even they have recognised as a dumb idea and there was a supposed plan to add a second feed for 500 round of APDS to each mount. Though given how badly everything else has worked the likelihood of that being a real program that has been retrofitted to any ships is low.
"Several guys on a naval forum have told me that a Phalanx system will shoot down a supersonic missile no problem. IF they are aware a missile is inbound and all necessary gear is turned on."
Which is potentially optimistic given that the engagement time of a mach 2 missile is about 2.1 seconds prior to impact.
Rare Switchblade 300 footage, showing airburst:
Looks to airburst about 4m from the target:
Debris recovered shows blood splatter on the wings, pretty grimy:
A newly developed grenade dispenser that holds 9x 30mm grenades for use in drone attacks:
For a while i taught all firing rockets up the ballistic curve was just an absolute shot into the dark.
It seems that is not actually the case , attack platforms like SU-25 , Ka50 and Mil 28 actually have computerized weapons release profile for this type of lobbing for both rockets and bombs and supposedly this rocket volley has a CEP of 100m at 4000-6000m range, so its exactly the same shit as what Brit pilot laughed off remarking that the bomb lobbing they did in Iraq with Tornados was much different affair because it was computer guided profile and release . It was also done for exact same reason to avoid entering into AD coverage
In any case its an expensive way to do a flying MLRS
Russian jets launched missile air strikes on Ukrainian military facilities and technical units.The images show Russian jets taking part in combat operations ...
Expensive yes; but worth it if you get jumped in an area outside your ground artillery.
First time we've seen this; DIY 'Suicide Drone' based on what looks to be a racing drone.
An incredibly detailed look inside HIMARS and its guided ammo: