Why U.S. ATACMS Would Be a Game Changer for Ukraine

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Long range strike weapons


The ATACMS have a range around 30 miles longer than Storm Shadow and SCALP missiles. This will allow Ukraine to hit Russian targets at a slighter greater distance, as long as Kyiv's intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance can operate at that distance, according to Ed Arnold, a research fellow in European security at the London-based Royal United Services Institute think tank. "However, the main benefit is not range but simply capacity," Arnold told Newsweek. Ukraine would have more chances to hit Russian targets than it would with its supplies of Storm Shadows and SCALP missiles, he said.