Military expert explains how Ukraine’s Armed Forces will use ATACMS
The Ukrainian Armed Forces are tasked with driving away Russian aircraft based at long distances. The ATACMS cluster munitions are a unique opportunity to fight enemy air bases
Military expert, Defense Express editor-in-chief Oleh Katkov said this on Espreso TV.
According to him, it is the cluster ATACMS that the Ukrainian Armed Forces want most.
"The consumption of such missiles will be significantly less than that of high-explosive ATACMS, which are aimed at destroying only one object. Because the weight of high-explosive ATACMS is 227 kg, with a range of up to 270 km. It should be understood that 227 kg is half the weight of the Storm Shadow, whose warhead weighs 450 kg," Katkov said.
A military expert explained the effectiveness of ATACMS cluster munitions.
"The ATACMS were designed specifically to hit targets that are at a great distance. Other missiles will take much more time to hit the same target because of their smaller warheads," said the editor-in-chief of Defense Express.
He believes that it is likely that in the next Pentagon reports, Ukraine will see information about the supply of precision weapons.
- On August 7, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and emphasized the need for ATACMS for the Armed Forces.
- On September 9, it was reported that the United States may provide missiles to Ukraine in the next aid package.
- On September 12, media reported that the Biden administration was close to approving the supply of longer-range missiles to Ukraine, which are immediately equipped with cluster munitions.
- On September 15, The Wall Street Journal reported that Ukraine is close to receiving ATACMS missiles from the United States this fall.
- US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on September 15, that the Ukrainian military will use US missiles as they see appropriate.
- During the talks in the White House on September 22, US President Joe Biden has reportedly assured Volodymyr Zelenskyy that Ukraine would receive a small number of ATACMS missiles.
- On September 28, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba reported that the provision of long-range missiles to Ukraine was discussed during a meeting between President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, US President Joe Biden, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz last week.