Examining Ukraine’s Advanced Military Arsenal: Storm Shadow Missiles, ATACMS, StarStreak, and Cluster Munitions

The latest video from WSJ Equipped discusses the various weapons systems that Ukraine has been utilizing in its conflict with Russia. These include the Storm Shadow cruise missile, Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), StarStreak missiles, and other munitions such as the controversial cluster bombs. The video delves into the specifics of each weapon, their strategic importance, technological capabilities, and the impact they have on the battlefield. It also touches on the supply constraints and the international implications of providing such advanced weaponry to Ukraine.

  • The Storm Shadow cruise missile provides Ukraine with extended strike range crucial for counteroffensive operations, with a range of over 155 miles.
  • Storm Shadow’s precision allows Ukraine to target specific locations, including command and control centers in occupied territories.
  • The cost of a Storm Shadow missile is over $1 million, making it one of the most expensive munitions in Ukraine’s arsenal.
  • ATACMS, a U.S. equivalent to the Storm Shadow, has a range of around 190 miles and is under consideration for supply to Ukraine.
  • StarStreak missiles are short-range, man-portable air defense systems capable of shooting down aircraft and drones, and have recently gone back into production due to renewed demand.
  • The UK and France are currently the primary suppliers of long-range missiles to Ukraine, with Germany and the U.S. deliberating on their contributions.
  • Both Ukraine and Russia are using BM-21 Grad rocket launchers, an outdated but widely available artillery system.
  • The U.S. plans to send Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (DPICM) cluster bombs to Ukraine, despite humanitarian concerns and high dud rates associated with such weapons.
  • Cluster bombs have been used by both sides in the conflict, raising issues with unexploded ordnance and civilian harm.
  • The U.S. justifies the provision of cluster munitions to Ukraine, citing a dud rate of less than 2.35% and assurances that they will not be used in civilian areas.

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