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Finland to double artillery ammunition production amid growing demand

By Defence Industry Europe

Finland has announced plans to double its production of artillery ammunition, with investments aimed at expanding the capacity of its defence industry totaling EUR 130 million.

 

This decision by the Helsinki government lays the groundwork for enhancing production capabilities over the next 3-4 years, necessitating an investment of approximately EUR 130 million.

 

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The increase in production will encompass almost all components of ammunition, including the enhancement of capacities for explosive materials, propellants, shell casings, and the loading of shells with explosives. The expansion will target 155 mm artillery ammunition as well as 81 mm and 120 mm mortar ammunition. The Finnish division of the Nammo group will remain the primary producer of this ammunition.

Western media outlets report that the Finnish government’s decision is partly driven by the ongoing need to support Ukraine militarily. However, even with Finland’s increased production capabilities, it may not be sufficient to meet all demands.

 

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According to “The New York Times,” the entire Nammo group plans to ramp up its production of 155 mm artillery ammunition to 200,000 rounds annually by 2028. In contrast, the Ukrainian Armed Forces currently consume between 150,000 to 250,000 rounds of such ammunition monthly, not including other calibers and types.

 

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