This week the US conducted rocket-launch tests of M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket (HIMARS) vehicles transferred from Germany.
The rocket test was so close to Russia that its Defense Ministry deployed what Russian media said was “advanced hardware” on the Crimean peninsula should it be needed to neutralize any “surprise missile attack.”
Forbes reported the maneuvers in the following way:
The U.S. Army sneaked a pair of long-range rocket launchers near Russia’s Black Sea outpost on Thursday, fired off a few rockets then hurried the launchers back to the safety of their base in Germany. All within a few hours.
The one-day mission by the Army’s new Europe-based artillery brigade was practice for high-tech warfare. It clearly also was a message for Moscow. The U.S. Army in Europe has restored its long-range firepower. And it wants the Russians to know.
According to Russian media reports over 130 NATO soldiers and 30 units of military equipment were involved. The missiles were reportedly fired into the Black Sea.
Forbes, “The [US] brigade’s rapid deployment to Romania last week could prove even more provocative. Especially considering the new munitions the Army is developing for the HIMARS and MLRS. These include an anti-ship missile and a replacement for ATACMS that can travel as far as 310 miles.”
“It’s just 250 miles across the Black Sea from the Romanian coast to Crimea. Army HIMARS flying in and out of Romania pose a serious, and unpredictable, threat to Russian forces in the region,”