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​russia Aims for 130 Long-Range Missiles per Month, Quality Slips

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The R-500 missile launch / open source
The R-500 missile launch / open source

russia plans to produce 130 long-range missiles in February, despite facing sanctions-related challenges and decline in quality

The russian federation is ramping up its output of long-range weaponry, aiming for a monthly production rate of 130 units, as disclosed by Major General Vadym Skibitskyi, the representative of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine.

Their plan for February 2024 encompasses the manufacture of various long-range missile types, encompassing cruise missiles like Kalibr and Kh-101, ballistic and cruise missiles for the Iskander system and supersonic missiles such as the Kh-32 and Kinzhal.

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The Iskander missile system Defense Express russia Aims for 130 Long-Range Missiles per Month, Quality Slips
The Iskander missile system / open source

Despite facing constraints on components due to sanctions, the russians are endeavoring to execute these plans, establishing a center within the russian federation focused on substituting foreign components, particularly the electronic core, with domestically-produced alternatives, as highlighted by Vadym Skibitskyi.

However, this substitution of components has led to a decline in quality, resulting in missiles that fail to meet their designated specifications.

Vadym Skibitskyi also provided an explanation for the underutilization of the Kalibr cruise missiles. The russian federation is presently replenishing its strategic stock of these missiles, crucial for their entire naval fleet, which was depleted due to extensive usage.

The Kalibr missile launch Defense Express russia Aims for 130 Long-Range Missiles per Month, Quality Slips
The Kalibr missile launch / open source

Nevertheless, the plan for February 2024 to produce 130 missiles signals the ongoing escalation in production by the russian federation. Notably, in August 2023, Vadym Skibitsky disclosed that russia aimed to achieve a production figure of 118 long-range missile units that month, comprising 72 cruise missiles of diverse types, 30 ballistic missiles for the Iskander system and 16 supersonic missiles, including 6 Kinzhal missiles.

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