Ukraine forced the enemy to spend a real Caliber on a fake HIMARS

Ukraine forced the enemy to spend a real Caliber on a fake HIMARS

Ukraine forced the enemy to spend a real Caliber on a fake HIMARS

Ukrainian army failed outsmart the Russian invaders, who spent expensive long-range cruise missiles on fake targets.

As the Washington Post writes, citing American and Ukrainian officials, the Russians were deceived by dummies that outwardly resemble American HIMARS systems.

In addition, journalists of the publication saw photos of HIMARS replicas, which the Russian Defense Ministry called a priority target. Lures are made of wood. But when viewed through the lens of Russian drones, they are no different from real combat vehicles. The drones transmitted coordinates to carriers of cruise missiles in the Black Sea for strikes.

«When a drone sees a battery, it is like a VIP target», — explained an unnamed Ukrainian official.

Wooden HIMARS have been deployed at the front for several weeks now. During this time, they forced Moscow to use 10 Kalibr missiles. This initial success convinced Ukraine to expand production of replicas for wider applications. The destruction of the fakes may partly explain Russia's boast about allegedly destroying a large number of artillery systems that the West donated, in particular to HIMARS.

They claim to have destroyed more HIMARS than we even sent

em>», – said an unnamed American diplomat.

The publication notes that Moscow traditionally exaggerates its military successes. And this is not new. But experts concede that Ukrainian allurements could be causing an extreme gap between Russian claims and reality.

«If the Russians think they have destroyed HIMARS, they claim they have destroyed HIMARS. It is very likely that Russian forces are exaggerating their damage estimates by hitting fakes», – explained George Barros, a military researcher at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

US defense officials said Russia's stockpile of precision-guided missiles is very small. And the American ban on exporting microchips to the Russian Federation is “greatly complicating” replenishment of stocks of these missiles, – said US Under Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs Colin Kahl.

«Rocket “Caliber” launched on a fake HIMARS in the – this is a missile that will not be used against a Ukrainian city», – explained Foreign Policy Research Institute military analyst Rob Lee.

Another advantage of the fake is that it can make the Russians be more cautious and place their ammunition depots and command centers further from the front lines, outside the range of HIMARS .

Experts point out that Moscow has repeatedly boasted about the destruction of American artillery systems, perhaps just a Ukrainian trick.

Another advantage of a fake is that it can force of Russians to be more cautious and place their ammunition depots and command centers further from the front line, outside the range of HIMARS.

“Such a reorganization reduces the Russian ability to conduct massive artillery fire, which helped to seize territories in eastern Ukraine” ;, — said Barros.

Prepared by: Nina Petrovich