This is Why Russia Has Failed to Destroy a Single HIMARS

Wes O'Donnell
5 min readNov 15, 2022

The “Kill Chain” might sound like just a bad made-for-TV movie — but it’s essential to understanding Russia’s battlefield failures.

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii (July 18, 2022) U.S. Marines with 5th Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, fire High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) at Pōhakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 18, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Patrick King) Public domain.

In September, Russia faced online mockery for claiming to have destroyed more HIMARS than Ukraine actually owns.

Russia had claimed 44, but the U.S. has only supplied 16 to date.

Wes O'Donnell

Army & Air Force Veteran | Global Security Writer for War is Boring, GEN, OneZero, Soldier of Fortune | Law Student | TEDx Speaker