Ukraine’s western arsenal advances as Mars II missiles hit front lines

Ukraine’s arsenal of Western-supplied arsenals grew on Monday as MLRS Mars II missiles arrived from Germany on Ukraine’s front lines as its forces continue their fight against Russian aggression.

After Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine in late February, Western countries, including Germany, quickly gathered their support around Ukraine. Many supporters of Ukraine have supported the Eastern European nation by sending humanitarian and military aid, including weapons such as the Medium Artillery Rocket Systems (MARS) provided by Germany.

Western arms have been credited with strengthening Ukraine’s position in the war. Russia, with one of the world’s largest armies, expected a quick takeover of Ukraine, hampered by a stronger-than-expected response from the Ukrainian defenders, who were armed with powerful weapons supplied by other countries, including the United States. was further strengthened.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksey Reznikov thanked Germany for supplying the new missiles. Tweet monday.

“The third brother in the Long Hand family – MLRS Mars II from Germany – has arrived in Ukraine. Thanks to Germany and personally to my colleague #DefenceMinister Christine Lambrecht for these systems,” he tweeted. “Our artillery salutes our German allies!”

What are Mars II Missiles?

According to Pravda’s Ukrainian news outlet, the Mars II rocket launch system is a licensed copy of the American M270 multiple launch rocket system. Pravda said the weapons consist of 12 fiberglass missile guides and two disposable boxes of six missiles that can be launched within a minute.

German-supplied Mars II missile launchers arrived on the Ukrainian front line on Monday as Western weapons continue to bolster the eastern European nation’s defense against Russia. Above, soldiers stand near a MARS II launcher in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, on March 26, 2021.
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Pravda pointed out that missile range depends on the type of ammunition, but can be anywhere between 38 and 300 kilometers – the equivalent of about 24 to 186 miles. German weapons manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann describes the missiles as “maximum accuracy with long range” as being used by the German military since 1990.

Ukraine had previously received similar M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) in July. According to Military.com, the system is designed to produce “a large amount of firepower in a very short amount of time against critical, time-sensitive targets”.

western arms bolster ukraine

The missile delivery comes as Western weapons continue to strengthen Ukraine’s position in the war against Russia. In particular, the United States-supplied M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) has been pointed to potentially turning the tide of the war in favor of the Ukrainians.

Ukraine says HIMARS has been used in recent weeks to destroy major Russian targets. The weapons have forced Russia to forgo ammunition from Ukrainian troops and allow Ukraine to launch strikes against major bridges, making the journey more difficult for Russian troops.

The supply of powerful weapons from the West has raised concerns of some Russian experts. Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the online military publication National Defense, said during an appearance on Kremlin-run news station Russia 1 that the weapons could make it more difficult for Russia to win the war.

According to subtitles translated in a video, Korotchenko said, “The scale of the delivery of additional Western weapons will seriously complicate our success in conducting our special military operation.” deployment of On Twitter by journalist Julia Davis.

newsweek Contacted Ukraine’s Defense Ministry for comment.

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