How Russia Produces 3 Million Artillery Shells Per Year

How Russia produces 3 million artillery shells per year

During a recent campaign event named “Everything for victory!”, Putin said “success is achieved by the side that can react quickly… the side that does it quicker wins the battle”. It took place in the military-industrial city of Tula, arguably the center of Russian arms manufacturing, with more than 10 companies producing weapons non-stop. This includes NPO Splav, the only manufacturer of multiple rocket launcher systems in Russia. Tula is the perfect example of how, at the heart of Russia’s military production capability are its state-owned manufacturing facilities. 6 large plants encompass a wide range of capabilities, from the production of traditional artillery shells to the assembly of advanced munitions systems. These facilities are strategically dispersed across the country, and most of them were inherited relics from the Soviet Union. Today they account for 70% of all Russia’s arms production.

During the Cold War era, the Soviet Union established a robust industrial infrastructure to support its military ambitions. Factories churned out vast quantities of munitions, positioning the Soviet military as the formidable force. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia faced economic turmoil and a decline in military spending. In 1995, just 4 years after Russia’s first democratic presidential election, Russia’s arms manufacturers produced barely one-ninth the military output they had in 1990, and by the spring of 1995, Russian authorities had declared more than 200 defense enterprises or institutes financially insolvent, and many more were on the verge of bankruptcy. Weapons were already Russia’s largest manufactured export, and their efforts to switch companies from producing military goods to creating civilian goods had largely been unsuccessful.
Credit to : Task & Purpose

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