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Ukraine increases production of ammunition and anti-tank missiles

By Defence Industry Europe

Ukrainian Minister of Strategic Industries Oleksandr Kamyshin stated in an interview that Ukraine is boosting the production of ammunition and anti-tank missiles for the Stuhna-P weapon system.

Kamyshin mentioned that the production of anti-tank guided missiles from the RK-2 family for the Stuhna-P system, has quadrupled. These missiles were designed and manufactured by KB Luch, a company belonging to the state-owned enterprise Ukroboronprom. Despite the increase in RK-2 production, Kamyshin noted that it’s still insufficient due to the greater needs at the front. He emphasized that Stuhna-P development will continue and it will be offered in foreign markets under the name Skif.

 

 

Since February, there has been an increase in mortar ammunition production, partly due to civil industry mobilization. Two companies produced shells for 82 mm and 120 mm mortar grenades in February of this year. The number of companies involved has now risen to 14 for 82mm and 13 for 12 mm shells, with most of them being private entities. This surge in production has the potential to double the total artillery ammunition output in July 2023 compared to the entirety of 2022.

 

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Ukraine is also preparing for the start of production of 155mm artillery shells by the end of the year. This ammunition is intended for Western towed guns (M777, M198) and self-propelled howitzers(M109, Krab, PzH 2000, Zuzana 2, CAESAr).

 

 

According to Kamyshin, the rapid wartime development of private arms and ammunition companies will reshape the structure of the Ukrainian arms industry significantly. He noted that prior to the war with Russia, approximately 80% of orders were handled by state-owned companies. However, post-war, this ratio is expected to drop to 20%, showcasing a transformative shift in the industry landscape.

 

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