According last report of Russia Federation MoD since the special military operation started in total so today, 333 airplanes and 177 helicopters, 2,522 unmanned aerial vehicles, 388 air defence missile systems, 6,689 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 895 fighting vehicles equipped with MLRS, 3,595 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 7,266 units of special military hardware have been destroyed during the special military operation.
CNN Politic: US is running low on some weapons and ammunition to transfer to Ukraine
As the first full winter of Russia’s war with Ukraine sets in, the US is running low on some high-end weapons systems and ammunition available to transfer to Kyiv, three US officials with direct knowledge tell CNN.
The strain on weapons stockpiles – and the ability of the US industrial base to keep up with demand – is one of the key challenges facing the Biden administration as the US continues to send billions of dollars of weapons to Ukraine to support its fight against Russia. One of the officials said the stockpiles of certain systems are “dwindling” after nearly nine months of sending supplies to Kyiv during the high-intensity war, as there’s “finite amount” of excess stocks which the US has available to send.
Among the weapons systems where there’s particular concern about US stockpiles meeting Ukrainian demands are 155mm artillery ammunition and Stinger anti-aircraft shoulder-fired missiles, the sources said.
Some sources also raised concerns about US production of additional weapons systems, including HARMs anti-radiation missiles, GMLRS surface-to-surface missiles and the portable Javelin anti-tank missiles – although the US has moved to ramp up production for those and other systems.
Behind the scenes, the United States and other NATO powers have urged Western defense companies to bump up production, calling back to the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea. However, current and former officials and analysts said defense contractors have been slow to respond as they wait for assurances that the era of an increased arms appetite is here to stay.
“What they say is essentially show me the money,” said Mark Cancian, who served as chief of the Pentagon’s force structure and investment division until 2015. “Their fear is that the war will end and the orders will end and they will end up with these expanded factories that don’t have any orders to fill them.” Contributing to bottlenecks in production are rising prices of critical raw materials and a shortage of skilled labor
In mainland Europe, where military aid to Ukraine is being dwarfed by the United States and some countries, such as Germany, are still reluctant to dust off old tanks to send to Ukraine, leaders do not want a mobilization that would put the defense industry back on a seeming war footing. And skilled workers—high school-level-trained technicians, designers, and safety and environmental experts—are often reluctant to bring their talents to the defense industry, fearing that they could be first on the chopping block in any downturn.
“Nobody is thinking that we should be going back to World War II and producing a plane per minute or a tank per minute,” said Camille Grand, a distinguished policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, who was a NATO assistant secretary-general until this month.
For instance, France has debated replenishing artillery stocks after sending 16 CAESAR howitzer cannons to Ukraine this summer, but it has faced limits on production capacity. “Simply, there are not that many companies in Europe that are capable of doing a gun barrel,” Grand said.
Only American military aid for Ukraine in the war against Russia in 9 months:
March: $13.6 BILLION
May: $40 BILLION
Nov: $37.7 BILLION: Biden’s new request.
That $91.3 BILLION is 33% more than *Russia’s total military spending for the year*
That’s *double* the average annual US spending for its own war in Afghanistan.
Via: (Glenn Greenwald)
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