Ukrainian industry will expand the production of 155-mm artillery shells of the NATO standard by the end of 2023.
This was announced by the Minister of Strategic Industry Oleksandr Kamyshin in an interview with The Wall Street publication Journal.
According to the minister, in July Ukraine produced more than twice as much mortar and artillery ammunition than in the whole of 2022. However, he acknowledged that it will be years before Ukraine can produce enough ammunition to meet current needs.
Ukraine has already mastered the production of Soviet-caliber ammunition, such as 122mm and 152mm shells. However, the Ukrainian army is gradually switching to Western-caliber 155-mm artillery.
The need to start production of NATO-standard ammunition is also reinforced by the gradual depletion of allied countries' reserves and the insufficient pace of their production, which does not cover current costs.
BAGNET reminds that the USA, Bulgaria and South Korea signed an agreement on the supply of ammunition to Ukraine. Efforts are known to be focused on delivering more of the 155mm rounds used in the howitzers that Ukraine is deploying along the front line. They include supplies from international allies in the short term and plans to increase production in the US in the next two years.
Prepared by Serhii Daga