Russia faces challenges manufacturing missiles and military equipment components – ISW
The Russian defense industry is facing a growing shortage of parts for high-precision weapons and military gear
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported the information.
ISW writes that Russia can only manufacture a limited number of Kalibr cruise missiles and Iskander missiles each month. This shortage prevents Russia from restocking its reserves, which were available until 2022.
Experts point out that obtaining modern optical equipment, electronics, chips, and circuits is a challenge for Russia. Attempts to cover these needs through "gray imports" and smuggling fall short.
Russian sources also highlight that the defense industry struggles to produce enough rubber for replacing worn-out tires on military vehicles. This situation could hinder military mobility during adverse weather conditions like mud, rain, and ice.
Russian authorities initially promised to address the tire issue by mid-August, but as of September 5, there had been no improvement. Analysts predict that the shortage of low-quality tires will increasingly restrict Russian mobility during slushy and winter conditions.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian military forces carry out offensive operations in the Zaporizhzhia region, specifically near the village of Verbove.