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Are There Resources For the Production of Ammunition and Weapons in General in russia?

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The process of producing ammunition at russian defense industry facilities / Open source photo
The process of producing ammunition at russian defense industry facilities / Open source photo

Against the backdrop of information that, to produce 100 thousand shells per month, the USA needs 66 thousand tons of explosives, but only half is available, the question arises about the situation in russia regarding raw materials and other resources for weapons production

The answer to this question can be found in a relevant publication by Jamestown Foundation researcher Pavel Luzin. However, the nuance is that even this publication relies more on the interpretation of russian official statistics.

The publication contains data on the physical volumes of components used by the russian industry for the production of technology and weaponry: semiconductors, ammonium nitrate, nitric acid, and cellulose. The last three types of raw materials are directly related to the production of ammunition.

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If we compare the figures for 2022 and 2023, it turns out that russian official statistics acknowledge a significant increase in the use of semiconductors (evidently for the production of electronic components for missiles and other types of weapons). However, when it comes to raw materials for projectiles, the consumption level remained more or less the same.

As for resources such as aluminum powder, magnesium alloys, and titanium wire, which can be used, for example, in the production of aviation equipment or missiles, there are figures from official russian statistics only regarding fluctuations in consumption volume compared to the previous period. And here we can observe rather peculiar fluctuations, which can be explained by irregular production rates of various types of equipment at the facilities of the russian defense industry.

An interesting point arises with official data on the overall volume of production of aviation and aerospace equipment.

If we rely on official figures, in 2023, the production of aircraft and spacecraft of all types on the facilities of the russian industry has even decreased compared to 2022, taking into account the industrial price inflation index.

In the Jamestown Foundation publication, official figures on electricity consumption in the russian federation, particularly by the industry, are also provided.

During 2017-2022, electricity consumption in the russian industry remained at a relatively consistent level. However, the most crucial figures for 2023 turned out to be classified.

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