Ukraine is set to start mass production of 155mm shells with the support of partners in 2024, the Minister of Strategic Industries Oleksandr Kamyshin has said.
Ukraine have research “samples” that are under going testing and in the new year they intend to mass produce the 155mm artillery shells.
Kamyshin said at a press conference, “If we talk about NATO-caliber artillery, I can say that globally the world has not even doubled in size this year.
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“If we are talking specifically about 155mm, we began to develop 155mm shells. We have research samples with which we are currently undergoing tests.
“And we plan to begin their mass production next year.”
He added, “But in this caliber we depend on our partners, we depend on the supply of scarce gunpowder, because Ukraine has never produced such gunpowder.
“And we are ready to begin mass production, because we have already mastered some of the elements.”
Kamyshin has also announced the serial production in Ukraine of analogues of the Shahed-131 and Shahed-136 kamikaze drones.
He said, “When we talk about what is called Ukrainian ‘Shahed.’ We have more than five mass-produced analogues of Shahed-131.
“And there is one type that is analogous to Shahed-136. In this regard, you can choose any of the positions, all this is mass production.”
Oleksandr Tarnavsky, commander of the Tavria operational and strategic group of Troops, warned in Wednesday that their forces are lacking all types of ammunition.
In an interview with BBC Ukraine, Tarnavsky said, “Today, the big problem is ammunition of various types and almost all nomenclatures. The issue of ammunition for artillery systems 122 and 152 millimeters is acute.
“I would also like to draw attention to the fact that the enemy, knowing our capabilities regarding the range of destruction, has placed its artillery units at a critical distance – where we cannot influence its actions.
“He is developing electronic warfare very quickly, which makes it impossible for us to use high-precision weapons at long range.
“That is, today we have problems in bringing long-range ammunition during counter-battery warfare.”
He added, “That is, if there is even a slight advantage in the air, this is already an advantage of the enemy over the ground component.
“And in the context of a significant increase in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles by the enemy – in particular, FPV drones – there is a need to provide our units with electronic warfare equipment.
“We use – they counteract with electronic warfare. They are used – we counteract. Therefore, we have problems in this direction.”