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Russia producing 250,000 artillery shells per month, NATO intelligence says

By Defence Industry Europe

NATO intelligence estimates that the Russian defence industry is currently producing 250,000 artillery rounds per month. At the same time, European and American industrial bases have the capacity to produce about 1.2 million shells annually, CNN reported, citing intelligence sources.

 

According to NATO intelligence estimates of Russian defense production shared with CNN, as well as sources familiar with Western efforts to arm Ukraine, Russia is producing about 250,000 artillery munitions per month, or about 3 million a year. Collectively, the US and Europe have the capacity to generate only about 1.2 million munitions annually to send to Kyiv, a senior European intelligence official told CNN.

 

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The US military has set a goal to produce 100,000 rounds of artillery a month by the end of 2025, which is less than half of the Russian monthly output.

Officials say that Russia is currently firing around 10,000 shells a day, compared to just 2,000 a day from the Ukrainian side. The ratio is worse in some areas along the 600-mile front, according to a European intelligence official.

 

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German defence company, Rheinmetall, announced last month that it plans to open an ammunition factory in Ukraine that will produce hundreds of thousands of 155mm caliber bullets each year. In Germany, the same company broke ground on a new factory expected to eventually produce around 200,000 artillery shells per year.

 

Source: CNN.

 

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