Ukraine has been locked in a bitter conflict with Russia for exactly one year today. To gain a strategic advantage against its adversary, Ukraine has received several shipments of modern heavy Western weapons from NATO member states. 

However, this is far from enough for the Ukrainian forces to gain a decisive victory over the Russian military. To that end, Western countries need to urgently intensify their supply of weapons to Ukraine so that they can have a better chance of success in this war.

NATO member states have recently provided Ukraine with modern heavy Western weapons, including HIMARS multiple rocket launchers, M777 howitzers, PzH 2000 howitzers, Zuzana and Krab self-propelled artillery, and Harpoon anti-ship missiles. These weapons have effectively hit military targets as far as 50 km away and have even hit gas extraction platforms in the Black Sea and Russian troops on Snake Island. 

However, despite their effectiveness, the number of these weapons currently supplied by NATO is far too small for Ukraine to gain a strategic advantage over Russia. So far, Ukraine has only received 12 PzH 2000 self-propelled guns, 8 Zuzana self-propelled guns, and 4 HIMARS systems—which is not nearly enough to gain a decisive victory over the much larger Russian forces.

The Necessary Weapons for Success

For the Ukrainian forces to stand a better chance against Russia’s aggression, they will need significantly more weapons than they currently possess. This includes 1000 howitzers caliber 155 mm; 300 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS); 500 tanks; 2000 armored vehicles; 1000 drones; two dozen modern fighter jets; two NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems—all of which are necessary if they are going to be successful in this conflict. Without these weapons being supplied by NATO countries soon, it is unlikely that Ukrainian forces will be able to hold off Russian aggression any longer.


The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System or HIMARS as it is more commonly known, is a highly potent weapon that can provide Ukrainian forces with a clear military advantage against Russian aggression. The HIMARS system consists of a truck-mounted launcher carrying up to six MLRS rockets. The launcher can fire various munitions and is the most cost-effective and efficient way to deliver considerable firepower to the target area. 

In terms of military strategy, the HIMARS system can be used by Ukrainian forces in various ways. For instance, it can launch suppressive fire on enemy concentrations or positions, allowing other Ukrainian forces to maneuver without coming under heavy fire. Additionally, it could be used as an offensive weapon to attack Russian supply lines and depots, slowing their advance and cutting off their supplies. This could give Ukrainian forces time to deploy reinforcements or take another course of action against the advancing Russians.