In a war anything goes, but not everything that seems is! According to recent information from the battlefield, Russian forces are being tricked with fake Himars made of wood, thus leading Russia to spend millions.
Forecasts suggest that Russia has already spent more than 65 million euros to destroy some wooden planks in the shape of a rocket launcher.
Since the beginning of the war, the Himars have been one of the main targets of Russian forces. According to Volodymyr Zelensky, the Himars missiles have even changed the course of the war against Russia.
For those who don’t know, Himars – the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System – is a missile launcher mounted on a five-ton truck that can fire six guided missiles in rapid succession. These missiles, which the Ukrainians use deftly, are extremely effective in destroying countless warehouses and infrastructure essential to the logistics of Vladimir Putin’s troops, but something is happening.
The Ukrainian army is using an old military tactic to trick the Russian army into spending millions in the process. Ukraine has been building a fleet of wooden HIMARS replicas in order to confuse the Russians, according to the Washington Post.
The photographs analyzed by the newspaper reveal that Ukrainian troops are using replicas of these systems almost indistinguishable in the eyes of Russian drone operators who are responsible for discovering and shooting down this type of targets. Whenever a Himar is detected, Russian troops fire a high-precision cruise missile to destroy it, wasting millions of euros in the process. The missile most used by Russian troops, the Kalibr-M, which is launched from ships in the Black Sea fleet, has an estimated price of 6.5 million euros.
After several weeks of use in the field, these fake HIMARS have already precipitated the Russian army to fire at least 10 Kalibr, the equivalent of 65 million euros, against some wooden planks in the form of a rocket launcher, reveals CNN.
This strategy is commonly called “asymmetric warfare”, whose objective is the balance of forces, in a conflict in which one side has a greater number of resources and capabilities than the other.
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