Poland orders ammunition production increase

27 March, 08:57 PM
Ammunition (Photo:REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer)

Ammunition (Photo:REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer)

Polish public and private defense enterprises will increase artillery shell output, benefitting both the Polish army and the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Poland’s PM Mateusz Morawiecki announced at a press briefing on March 27.

“In the coming days, the Council of Ministers will adopt a special long-term program that will support the production of ammunition in different parts of our country,” Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform quotes Morawiecki said.

“We want private and public companies to produce ammunition. Today we know that these munitions are in short supply throughout Europe, and I can say that it is no secret that they are in short supply throughout NATO.”

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Morawiecki noted that artillery rounds remain Ukraine’s most pressing need on the battlefield.

“So, as we agreed at the last European Council, we will supply the ammunition, while financing will be provided from the EU budget,” Morawiecki added.

The PM stressed that the number one goal would be to increase ammunition supply.

"Secondly, we want our ammunition production plants – Dezamet, as well as other plants that we will create or increase their production capacity, to be able to produce enough ammunition to cover Poland’s needs," he said.

Morawiecki noted that the EU program to transfer a million shells to Ukraine by the end of the year is "very ambitious."

He also added that Russia uses 20,000-50,000 artillery shells per day, while the Armed Forces of Ukraine use 2,000-6,000 of modern NATO-standard shells.

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