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Russia increases output of various military hardware by more than tenfold, says state company

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Russia has more than tenfold increased production of various military gear to equip its troops in Ukraine, dramatically expanding output of missiles, drones, combat vehicles, and artillery, Russia’s largest weapons manufacturer said on Tuesday.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered an increase in production to guarantee Moscow meets the goals of its “special military operation” in Ukraine, despite the West supplying Kyiv with billions of dollars in weaponry and putting unprecedented Western sanctions on the Russian economy.

Bekhan Ozdoev, industrial director of the arms complex at Rostec, the Russian state business that handles a large portion of the weapons sector, claimed manufacturing volumes for various types of weapons had jumped by two to tenfold.

And for some types of hardware, output had been boosted “by tens of times,” said Ozdoev. “We are going forward at cruising speed, smoke from all the pipes,” he said.

Ozdoev said there had been significant growth in production of tanks, armoured vehicles, rocket launchers, artillery, the Iskander short-range ballistic missile, the Pantsir medium-range surface-to-air missile system and the hypersonic Kinzhal missile.

He did not detail the total volume of weapons produced.

Rostec, which is sanctioned by the West, is run by Sergei Chemezov, a close Putin ally. It controls 800 Russian civilian and defence entities and is by far Russia’s biggest arms producer.

The US Treasury calls Rostec “the cornerstone of Russia’s defense, industrial, technology, and manufacturing sectors.”



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