Slovakia to increase ammo production for Ukraine five-fold

1 April, 01:42 AM
Flag of Slovakia (Photo:Ajale / pixabay)

Flag of Slovakia (Photo:Ajale / pixabay)

Slovakia plans to dramatically expand the production of ammunition and artillery shells for Ukraine, Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nagy told reporters on March 31.

Slovakia recently delivered a 2K12 Kub air defense system and first of the 13 promised MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine.

According to Nagy, Slovakia will now play a key role in producing ammunition for Ukraine.

“We are taking specific steps to increase the production of 155-millimeter ammunition at our facilities by five times,” the minister said.

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155mm rounds are standard NATO artillery ammunition and are in high demand due to the rapid pace at which Kyiv’s forces are draining European stockpiles of it.

During his visit to Ukraine, the minister said he hopes to assess how the initial deliveries of weapons have proven themselves on the battlefield.

Slovakia handed over its S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Ukraine after the start of the Russian full-scale invasion in February 2022. Shortly thereafter, it delivered 30 BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles, Zuzana self-propelled howitzers, and other military equipment.

Nagy's arrived in Kyiv on March 31, along with the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Eduard Heger.

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