Ukraine’s General Staff updated on the delivery of Western weapons systems.
I am pleased to inform you that the Polish automatic artillery units are ready to carry out combat missions on the AHS Krab front.
After the M777 and FH70 howitzers, the CAESAR automatic howitzers and the M109A3, this unit is the 5th type of 155 mm artillery we have been able to achieve.
War has become a WWI-style artillery slugfest, with Russia gaining a huge advantage over guns and ammunition. With the demise of its Soviet-caliber ammunition, Ukraine and its allies have worked tirelessly to convert NATO standard guns. .
With 18 new Polish curbs, Ukraine now has 150 155mm guns, and 60 more curbs will come out of the factory line in the coming months. Meanwhile, the new American M777 was photographed loaded on transport planes bound for Ukraine, so the total number will soon exceed 200.
We do not know exactly how much artillery Russia has in Ukraine. I spent an hour exploring different types of Russian units and their artillery parts, doing some dirty math, and finally deleting the whole paragraph. The reality is, Russia has a lot. And while Ukraine claims It destroyed 1,393 tanks and 3,429 infantry armored vehicles, a very small number of artillery systems – 213 MLRS vehicles and 703 artillery. Prior to the attack, Russia had claimed that it had 6,000 artillery in its army, and while we now know that this number was exaggerated (thanks to grift and incompetence), Russia probably had Ukraine. There are thousands of artillery pieces and pieces of MLRS.
(For their part, Ukraine claimed 1,960 artillery pieces before the attack, as well as 2,000 tanks and 2,870 armored vehicles).
Return to General Staff of Ukraine:
To date, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has ensured the supply of 150 artillery platforms of 155 mm caliber to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The stockpile of this caliber of ammunition is already 10% larger than the stockpile of large-caliber shells of the Soviet type that existed before February 24, 2022. In addition, these new shells are more efficient than their Soviet counterparts, and therefore less consumed.
This is incredible information – at the moment, Ukraine has 155 mm artillery shells, 10% more than Russia’s total stockpile of the day. And given the increased accuracy of Western systems, they do not need to be used too much to accomplish any mission. Their rate of irritation is slow. Donor countries include Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.
At the same time, more than 50 large-caliber guns were supplied to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This includes projectiles for them, which amount to more than 75% of the amount at the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion.
These are artillery systems larger than 155 mm. Ukraine fires Soviet-era 203 mm peon automatic rifles, and 99 before the start of the war, but no one has announced any more. According to Wikipedia, Czechoslovakia had 12, Poland had 8 and Slovakia had 3. Assuming they were somewhere in deep storage, it still doesn’t add up to 50. NATO has nothing big. So there is no clue what they are talking about, but glad they found more of them, whatever they are!
Dozens of Soviet-type MLRS units and their thousands of shells, hundreds of mortars and hundreds of thousands of projectiles have strengthened our defense capabilities during this time.
The former Warsaw Pact NATO countries have emptied their coffers of all their Soviet-era MLRS systems, including Bulgaria, Czechs (20+), and Poland (20+).
The Defense Ministry is competing with the Russian military for leadership in the supply of tanks and other Soviet-type armored vehicles. We are talking about hundreds of units.
It is unique. Poland sent 230 T-72 tanks and the Czech Republic 40 more. The tanks seized by Ukraine and returned to service from Russia have equalized against the invaders. Heck, Ukraine may have More Tanks on this occasion.
We have received about 250 armored vehicles of Western models (M113TM, M113 YPR-765, Bushmaster, Mastiff, Husky, Wolfhound etc.) from our partners. This series of works continues.
In addition to the new undeclared M777 shipments, the US is also sending more than the first 200 more M113s on a ship, expected to arrive in Ukraine soon (if not earlier). Given that the United States has 5,000 M113s, in fact they are all retired, their supply must be unlimited.
It is noteworthy, for example, that the initial request of the Armed Forces for 155 mm artillery units by the Ministry of Defense has been met 90%.
For all those who shout that Western allies are retreating, this confirms that Ukraine has in fact achieved most of what it requested, and continues to stream in artillery systems. This does not mean that Ukraine cannot and will not ask. For others, however, Ukraine’s allies are being held accountable in this category.
An important announcement was made recently: our American and British partners have decided to provide MLRS units to Ukraine. I should note that our soldiers have been learning to wield those weapons for some time.
Ukraine has received only a fraction of the requested units. Four HIMARS launchers are coming from the US, while the UK is delivering the same number of M270 MLRS launchers. Germany promised half a dozen or more, then came up with a lousy “software update” excuse to delay delivery. Winter.
As I have written, the small number of HIMARS is probably an initial installment in view of the very complex logistical demands of NATO MLRS systems. More will come, but the problem is Ukraine is not getting launchers, it is getting those launchers ammunition pods. That logistics will be done on time, but it will Does Take your time.
I had several discussions with foreign allies to start initial training for different types of weapons teams whose supply has not yet been decided politically. Some of these weapons training began in March. More than 1,500 of our volunteers are currently undergoing training or will begin their training soon.
This is an interesting entry: Ukraine has been training since March on systems that have not yet been approved for delivery. Presumably, we are talking about attacking German Leopard tanks, Patriot anti-air missile systems, and if we can dream, F-16s, A-10s, or even helicopters.
They combine their most important needs:
To obtain significant quantities of NATO-type MLRS units with ammunition;
ਬਣਾਉਣ To ensure complete replacement of some existing Soviet-type calibers (strip guns, shells not produced or rare) with platforms that are common in NATO countries and equipped with ammunition;
Yes, MLRS and other MLRS and then some additional MLRS. Again, the supply of ammunition is the real challenge here.
ਸਹਿ Agree with partners on the transition from the supply of different platforms ready for combat to integral biological units. This will significantly increase the efficiency on the battlefield;
ਲਈ To ensure the supply of hundreds of heavy armored vehicles, without which effective counter-attack is impossible. It should be noted that the Soviet equipment is mostly old and needs to be prepared for battle. In the meantime, we are receiving only light clothing from partners, not necessarily weapons;
The M113 is a light armor without guns. They are armored personnel carriers rather than infantry combat vehicles. Ukraine needs more of the latter. I still don’t understand why we are not giving them our M2 Bradley’s, which has replaced M113 in our armed forces, before they pull themselves out. (M113 is two generations old.) We have thousands of them, and I can only think of logistical / maintenance concerns. Six countries are sending M113 to Ukraine (Australia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and USA), which simplifies supply and maintenance requirements. But Ukraine needs infantry with guns, and Europeans have nothing comparable in volume to our Bradley’s.
ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ To acquire fighter jets, anti-aircraft and missile defense systems to protect our skies.
I just wrote about the difficulties of getting into NATO gear, and it goes up 100 times for aircraft and air defense systems. These are the systems that take over Years To train and acquire maintenance personnel. Although they began training on those systems in March, it will take some time before they are deployed. Maybe that’s why it’s the last bullet point on their wish list — they know it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.
This, of course, is a brilliant, realistic summary of Ukraine’s arms delivery and ongoing needs situation. Yes, Ukraine has serious needs, but its Western allies have taken big steps to fill the gap, and much more remains to be done.