Denmark to restart defunct arms factory to boost ammunition production for Ukraine
Ammunition is absolutely crucial for Ukraine in the short term, so Denmark plans to buy the land under the old factory in Elling – the country’s only ammunition maker
Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen said this, DR reports.
According to the Defense Minister, he hopes to receive clarification within a month. After that, there is hope that the factory will be used for its intended purpose again.
"If we can create a model in which the armed forces can intervene and facilitate the acquisition of buildings and get private companies to produce, I believe that within the next few years we will be able to produce ammunition in Denmark," the Defense Minister said.
The Elling plant closed in 2020 and was the only place in Denmark that produced ammunition at the time.
In 2008, the state sold what was formerly known as Ammunitionsarsenalet to Spanish ammunition manufacturer Expal. However, in 2020, it ceased production with a three-digit million-dollar loss.
On September 19, it was announced that Denmark would provide Ukraine with 45 more tanks, including 30 Leopard 1 tanks and 15 T-72 tanks, which will be delivered as part of the previously announced aid.