Ukraine’ Defense Ministry to Cut UAH 300M from its 2021 Budget for Construction of Ammunition Production Facilities

Seven Years into the War in Donbas, Ukraine has yet to have Domestic Ammunition Production
Photo Courtesy: Nazar Voloshyn, Ministry of Defense
Photo Courtesy: Nazar Voloshyn, Ministry of Defense

The intentions regarding the construction of ammunition factories are set out in the Defense Ministry’s Budget Expenditure Plan 2021

In particular, the Plan envisages the creation of an ammunition production/assembly facility to be either built from scratch or recovered from an existing project.

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Despite numerous presentations and declarations of intent regarding various military ammunition production projects, the Armed Forces have yet to have them

The Plan also includes procurement of ammunition production lines, newly-built or renovated.

Armed Forces’ ammunition depot storing rocket projectiles and a quantity of most needed ammunition calibers / Photo Credit: Radio Liberty

This ammunition depot has been under construction for the third year in a row. As an interesting note, the Government, in 2020, allocated an equal sum of UAH 300 million to its program on development, procurement, renovation and upgrade of military weapons and equipment, construction of ammunition production/assembly facilities, and procurement of ammunition storage equipment and production machinery. However, information is not accessible regarding the current status of the works under this program.

Production line for 9x18 and 9x19-mm Luger cartridges at "Fort" Factory, which was opened in late 2018

The situation is uncertain also with respect to other projectile and ammunition factories that have for years been announced ready to launch production process. As a matter of fact, however, there have been launched only production lines for 7.62 × 51 mm NATO cartridges at privately-run Zbroyar factory and for heavy caliber gun shells at Artem State-owned Holding Company.

In this context it’s worth mentioning that Ukraine’s security service, the SBU exposed and neutralized last month an underground production network that manufactured low-quality/substandard gun shells for delivery to the Ministry of Defense, under Government-funded contracts.

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