In the ever-tense saga of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, a new chapter has been written, marked by Ukraine’s deployment of formidable U.S.-supplied M39 missiles. 

This strategic move, targeting Russian helicopter bases, reportedly has destroyed 21 Russian helicopters. It heralds a shift in the balance of power and offers a grim reminder of the escalating stakes in the region.

An Unexpected Blow to Russian Forces

Since the outbreak of the conflict, the Russian military has maintained a slight upper hand in terms of aerial capabilities. However, the October 17 strike paints a different picture. 

The bases near Berdyansk in southern Ukraine and the eastern Luhansk Oblast endured a barrage that could challenge the perception of Russian air superiority in the region.

Decoding the M39’s Potential

Introduced in the 1990s, the M39, officially termed the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), remains a formidable asset in the military’s strike arsenal.