The Russian Ministry of Defense destroyed more M142 HIMARS and M270 MLRS missile systems in six months than Ukraine received. It seems the secret has been revealed.
What is known
In the Czech Republic, a story was shown on television about how a local company produces rubber inflatable multiple launch rocket systems M270 MLRS and highly mobile artillery rocket systems M142 HIMARS. With their help, the Armed Forces of Ukraine deceive the enemy.
The representative of the Czech company said that the production capacity at the moment allows to produce 35 lures per month. At the same time, he refused to say how many inflatable missile systems were sent to Ukraine. He added that the cost of one mock-up is approximately $20,000, four times cheaper than Javelin missiles.
Decoys of HIMARS MRLS and M777 howitzers. Pay attention to the work of the decorator who even scattered spent shell casings and other rubbish around to make the target seem more realistic, a real artistic approach ???? pic.twitter.com/TRO0rnHPxz
— Special Kherson Cat ???????????? (@bayraktar_1love) February 22, 2023
Note that an inflatable M142 HIMARS or M270 MLRS has a uniform temperature when viewed through a thermal imager. In real rocket systems, the temperature of the wheels/tracks is different from the temperature of the launcher, etc. It is not clear how this affects the efficiency of using layouts.