With sanctions in the technology sector, the USA and the EU want to put the Russian defense industry in its place. This only seems to work partially. Accordingly, the Russian army relies on old ammunition stocks. At the same time, it is to receive 40 new cruise missiles every month.
According to US military sources, Russia is now also using inferior, decades-old ammunition with high failure rates in its airstrikes on Ukraine. "They have resorted to their aging stockpiles of ammunition," said a senior insider, who declined to be named. Some of the ammunition is more than 40 years old. "In other words, you load the ammo, cross your fingers, and hope it fires, or that it explodes on impact."
According to the report, Ukraine calculates that the Russian defense industry can produce about 40 new missiles per month. 240 Ch-101 airborne cruise missiles have been manufactured since February. There are also 120 Kalibr cruise missiles used by the Russian naval fleet.
The cost of modern cruise missiles is significant. After a major Russian attack in October, in which 84 cruise missiles were used, the Ukrainian edition of the US business magazine "Forbes" calculated that the attack had a total value of between 400 and 700 million US dollars. According to this, a Ch-101 cruise missile costs 13 million US dollars to produce. A Kalibr guided missile costs 6.5 million US dollars.