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The Russian Military Has a Problem: Ukraine Now Has M270 MLRS Rockets

M270 MLRS Rocket Artillery
M270 MLRS. Image: ROK Military handout.

Ukraine Receives First, More Powerful M270 MLRS – Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov announced on his Twitter page Friday that Ukraine has received its first M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), which is produced by the United States. 

“Long Hand Family of #UAarmy has been enlarged: the first MLRS M270 have arrived! They will be good company for #HIMARS on the battlefield. Thank you to our partners. No mercy for the enemy,” Reznikov posted.

While he didn’t directly comment on where the MLRS was sent from, the British Ministry of Defense had said back in June that they were going to send Ukraine the M270. Last month UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the launchers should be a great help for Ukraine to defend itself against Russian aggression.

“These highly capable multiple-launch rocket systems will enable our Ukrainian friends to better protect themselves against the brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin’s forces have used indiscriminately to flatten cities,” Wallace said to the BBC.

What is the M270 MLRS System?

The Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) is manufactured by Lockheed Martin and is designed to supplement artillery systems that can deliver a large volume of firepower in a very short time against critical, time-sensitive targets. The MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) is a highly mobile automatic system based on a Bradley chassis.

The M270 launcher carries 12 rockets in two six rocket pods, which a three-man crew can launch without leaving the vehicle’s cab. It can launch all 12 rockets in about a minute. The range of the system is difficult to ascertain, as the range is determined in many respects by what sort of ordinance is used

Russian Military Analyst Worries About Influx of Western Weapons Like M270 MLRS

Igor Korotchenko, frequently quoted in Russian media as the editor in chief of Russia’s Nation Defense, was interviewed on state-run television Russia-1 and was asked how the introduction of heavier, long-range weapons from the West could influence the war. 

“The scale of additional Western arms deliveries will seriously complicate our success of conducting our special military operation,” Korotchenko said in a translation on Twitter. 

He added that any attacks on Russian-held territory in Ukraine, such as Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Odesa, and Mykolaiv, are now part of Russia and should be treated as attacks on Russia itself. 

Since the introduction of the HIMARS missile system, the Ukrainians have increased their attacks on Russian ammunition depots, which has slowed down their artillery strikes, especially in the Donbas.

A map posted on Twitter showed artillery strikes on July 8, then on July 12, and the much lesser amount was attributed to the “HIMARS effect.” All 12 of the HIMARS missile systems promised by the US have now been delivered. And depending on how many M270s the Ukrainians receive, could have a major impact on Russian offensive operations in the Donbas. Both are GPS-guided and are accurate to within 2-3 meters. 

Steve Balestrieri is a 1945 National Security Columnist. He served as a US Army Special Forces NCO and Warrant Officer before injuries forced his early separation. In addition to writing for 19fortyfive.com and other military news organizations, he has covered the NFL for PatsFans.com for over 11 years. His work was regularly featured in the Millbury-Sutton Chronicle and Grafton News newspapers in Massachusetts.

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Steve Balestrieri is a 1945 National Security Columnist. He has served as a US Special Forces NCO and Warrant Officer before injuries forced his early separation. In addition to writing for 1945, he covers the NFL for PatsFans.com and his work was regularly featured in the Millbury-Sutton Chronicle and Grafton News newspapers in Massachusetts.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Birdman

    July 16, 2022 at 9:39 am

    And wait till you see what happens to the Russian Orcs when Ukraine gets the longer range version of that launchers gps guided rockets. 🇺🇸💪😁

  2. L'amateur d'aéroplanes

    July 16, 2022 at 10:52 am

    We are not rewriting history, but it would be wiser to deliver all this material at the start of the invasion and not little by little.

  3. Jd

    July 16, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Ita a pity Ukraine not got a bomb that could seek and find every Russia piece of terrorist scummy shit in Ukraine and vaporise the Russian barbarian repulsive inbred fuck pigs off the earth all at once ,Russian ship hole of a country even worse shot load of cuts whol dwell their nearly said live but the poor fuckers can’t do that can they the ordinary Russians not with Hitlers twin funking brother heir sputing at the helf short arsed little Russian repulsive piece of filthy vile vulgar funking scum and a can’t.

  4. magneto

    July 16, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    It’s embarrassing for the russians, using ancient Soviet weapons, then replacing them with even more ancient Soviet weapons. The strange thing is the russians seem not to evidence embarrassment.The russians are on a losing slope logically, because as they replace even more ancient Soviet weapons, the ukraine receives modern(not ancient) weapons from the west. The conflict has been a shock to the West as to the mediocre standard of the Russian military, and that has contributed to the Russian lack of serious success in Ukraine.

    At some point the quality and superior accuracy of western weapons will turn the tide of crude numerical artillery use by the russians.The russians are the proverbial frog in a pot of water being slowly heated to boiling at which time their invasion effort will perish.

  5. Daniel Eyituoyo

    July 17, 2022 at 2:31 am

    Are Russians considering withdrawing their their soldiers from Ukraine yet, seeing that all odds are against them. More deadly weapon for Ukraine and how long it will take Ukraine to abstained from attacking Russian purported teritories.

  6. PTim

    July 17, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Being an American with the motto Kill them all and sort them out later. Using derogatory words to describe your enemy like “orc” and Terrorist about every Russian citizen may have a short term morale boost, I mean like you’re all pretty much the same race and religion. Russians may call Ukrainians stupid shit but what truly matters is blowing them to bits on the battlefield as soon as our president gets your military the heavy weapons and fighter planes and long range rocket. That will be alot more effective especially since Russian air defense can’t even shoot down a single 10 foot long rocket, especially how theirs works with large explosions they were expecting to work better, when the US uses direct impact interceptors. Admittedly much harder to hit a much smaller target with a 9” width. The S-400 is crap and pretty much only works relatively well in huge flat areas like a desert. Mountainous terrain makes its range a little as a few miles

  7. Scottfs

    August 14, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    At this point, I don’t understand Putin’s motive. Unless he uses nukes, there seems no way out.

    Yes, send Ukraine whatever it wants. Love to see the Russian Black Sea fleet at the bottom if the ocean. Love to see peace as the last Russian troop leaves Ukraine.

    And keep the sanctiins until they’re gone.

  8. fkruis

    August 15, 2022 at 5:08 am

    “He added that any attacks on Russian-held territory in Ukraine, such as Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Odesa, and Mykolaiv.”

    Kharkiv, Odesa, and Mykolaiv are not Russian-held territory. He drunk to much wodka before this interview ?

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