Ukrainian military fires in a day ‘same number of artillery shells a small country orders in a year’
Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Nacho Doce)
Ukrainian armed forces launch about 5,000 or 6,000 shells per day — the same as a small European country orders in a year, UK newspaper the Financial Times reported on Feb. 7, quoting estimates by Morten Brandtzæg, the CEO of Norwegian military company Nammo.
Brandtzæg estimates Ukrainian usage of shells at about 5,000-6,000 per day which is the same amount as a small European country would order to supply its army in peacetime.
Almost a year after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the demand for ammunition and explosives is becoming a challenge for industrial capacities of Europe, rushing to rearmament, the article reads.
“It’s a war about industrial capacity,” said Brandtzæg.
He said, "some components are in such high demand, that their delivery time has increased from months to years."
Also, many companies have increased the length of working shifts and increased their staff numbers to meet expected orders.
The New York Times has already reported that the smaller NATO members have exhausted their potential to supply weapons to Ukraine. NATO is even considering investing in old factories in Czechia, Slovakia and Bulgaria to restart the manufacturing of Soviet-era munitions for Ukrainian artillery.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on members of the defense alliance to step up military production for Ukraine, since NATO has exhausted most of its stockpiles.
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