Russia destroys HIMARS rockets with deadly trio: S-300, Buk missiles, and bombs.

Russian forces have increased their success by intercepting Ukrainian HIMARS rockets, using S-300 and Buk systems in tandem, and attacking HIMARS launchers with satellite-guided glide bombs.

On April 5, 2023, the Ukrainian Armed Forces attempted to launch a HIMARS missile strike against Russian positions near Pokrovskoye. Thanks to the coordination of the Buk and S-300 systems, all the missiles were intercepted, according to the Zapad Force Group Press Center.

In a statement on the same day, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that 13 HIMARS projectiles and one HARM anti-radiation missile had been shot down that day.

The coordinated use of the Buk and S-300 systems was first mentioned in a Vostok Press Center statement on April 2, 2023, when Russian troops intercepted combined attacks by two HIMARS and three Smerch MLRS.

The lethal Russian trident

The S-300 long-range air defense system, the Buk-M3 medium-range missile system, and satellite-guided glide bombs make up a deadly trident that makes Ukraine’s successful use of HIMARS rockets difficult.

Coordination between the S-300 and Buk systems is based on the longer-range detection capability of the S-300 radar and the optical tracking capability of the Buk systems. Thus, the S-300’s long-range radar detects HIMARS rockets and automatically alerts a Buk system to intercept them.

On the other hand, satellite-guided gliding bombs are launched by Russian fighters at a distance of up to 70 kilometers, being another option to attack HIMARS launchers.

S-300
S-300

Limited impact of guided munitions

Despite the recent supply of guided munitions such as the American JADAM-ER and GLSDB to Ukraine, these have not had a noticeable impact on the course of the battle. There have also been no reports of major Russian defeats from HARM rockets.

The United States is estimated to have supplied 38 HIMARS launchers to Ukraine to date. However, Russia claims to have hit 40 launchers, though not necessarily destroyed.

The supply of HIMARS rockets

Although the United States has been sending HIMARS rockets with each aid package, Ukraine’s use has not increased, suggesting that the new supplies only replenish depleted stocks. The limited production of HIMARS rockets.