Inside game-changing weapon heading to Ukraine as US ATACM missiles 3x faster than Storm Shadow could turn tide of war

RUSSIA could face debilitating missile attacks deep within its territory as Ukraine is set to receive groundbreaking American MGM-140 ATACM missiles.

The missiles are three times faster than the deadly Storm Shadow missiles responsible for some of the most devastating attacks on Putin’s forces.

The missiles can be equipped with a 500-pound warhead


The missiles can be equipped with a 500-pound warheadPhoto credit: Alamy


The ATACMS (Army Tactical Missile Systems) missiles can be equipped with an astonishing 500-pound warhead and travel 300 kilometers in just five minutes.

With speeds of 2,300 miles per hour, they can be used for precision attacks on the front lines in record time.

They can also carry hundreds of smaller “bomblets” that can devastate large areas.

However, the rockets are expensive, costing a staggering £1.3 million each and weighing around 3,600 pounds.

When deployed in Ukraine, the soldiers could fire the killer missiles using the M-142 Himars rocket artillery launcher, which is already in use on the battlefield.

And the missiles are capable of reaching Putin’s prized Crimean bridge, which has already been badly damaged by British-supplied Storm Shadow missiles.

The missiles are also within striking distance of all areas annexed by Russia since 2014 and reach the territory of Russian ally Belarus, where Putin is said to have soldiers on standby.

Ukraine has already carried out deadly attacks against Russia in recent weeks using Western-supplied ammunition.

Putin was allegedly betrayed by his own officers who “leaked information to Ukraine,” leading to a deadly attack that weakened Putin’s Black Sea base.

It is estimated that 33 Russian soldiers died and hundreds more were injured.

Footage showed black smoke rising from the Crimean building that tyrant Putin illegally annexed in 2014 after a Storm Shadow missile attack.

Sokolov had been hand-picked by Putin to restore the fleet’s pride after last year’s loss to Ukrainian Neptune missiles from the flagship Moskva.

Another barrage of 10 cruise missiles and kamikaze drones bombed Russia’s Black Sea Fleet earlier this month, destroying a submarine and an attack ship in the Crimean port of Sevastopol.

ATACMS missiles were fired during joint military exercises in South Korea


ATACMS missiles were fired during joint military exercises in South KoreaPhoto credit: Reuters

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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