The German corporation wants to increase the production of artillery shells by 5 times because of Ukraine

Rheinmetall Corporation is ready to ship more than 740,000 shells a year, five times more than today, to meet demand in Ukraine and the West.

“We can produce 240,000 rounds of 120 mm artillery shells for tanks per year, which is more than the entire world demand. The output of 155 mm caliber shells can also increase to 450,000-500,000 rounds per year.” , Armin Papperger, chief executive officer of German defense group Rheinmetall, said today.

Director Papperger said that Rheinmetall shipped about 120,000-140,000 rounds of 120 and 155 mm artillery shells last year, noting that the process of increasing production could take place in a short time to meet the huge demand in Ukraine and other countries. The West.

155 mm shells with the same dose and fuse were made by Rheinmetall for the German army.  Photo: Army Technology.

155 mm shells with the same dose and fuse were made by Rheinmetall for the German army. Photo: Army Technology.

The remarks come as German defense industry leaders prepare to meet with new Defense Minister Boris Pistorius. The meeting aimed to discuss measures to speed up arms procurement and ensure a long-term supply of ammunition, in the context of the military reserves of Germany and many of its allies nearing exhaustion due to nearly a year of aid efforts to Ukraine. via.

Rheinmetall Corporation manufactures many defense products, of which the most famous is the 120 mm Rh-120 cannon for the main tank Leopard 2. This enterprise is also negotiating with the US Lockheed Martin corporation to open the wire. HIMARS jet artillery production line in Germany.

“We aim to sign the agreement with Lockheed Martin at the Munich Security Conference in mid-February. Rheinmetall has the technology to build the warheads and engines for the HIMARS ammunition, as well as the truck chassis for installation. launch pad,” said Mr. Papperger.

Rheinmetall also proposed that the German government provide 700-800 million euros for the construction of a new explosives factory in the state of Saxony, to address a shortage of materials that threatens to hinder future increases in artillery production. .

Vu Anh (Theo Reuters)

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