Russian missile stockpiles and what intelligence data say
Actual information regarding the available stocks of missiles in Russia was published today and many people were plunged into a state of panic and prehistoric horror
Ukrainian journalist and military expert Oleksandr Kovalenko shared his assessment.Thus, according to the data of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Russia has in its possession:
- 165 Kalibr missiles;
- 160 Kh-101/555/55;
- 290 Iskander modifications;
- 80 Kh-47M2 Kinzhal;
- 150 Kh-22/32 missiles
Total amount: 845
Actually, how should these figures be read without panic?
For starters, let's go back to 2022 at the very beginning of the energy terror - in October. At that time, Russia fired 245 missiles at Ukraine. Then, in November – 197, December – 281, January – 98, and February – 138.
In total, during the energy terror period of 2022-2023, Russia used 954 missiles on Ukraine. The most massively used missile was the Kh-101/555/55, followed by the Kalibr missile.
In turn, the Kh-22/32 missiles have never been used on a mass scale, in hundreds, for example, and will not be able to be used. This is due to the complex process of preparing the missile for use, which takes a lot of time, limited range of effective use, up to 200 kilometres, and wear and tear of the carriers themselves, requiring after each flight serious maintenance.
We now regularly see Iskander missiles in launch reports, but these are isolated cases. At the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, they were launched by the dozens, but for a year and a half they have been launched by the few. Why so sparing, having more of them than even the Kh-101/555/55? It is difficult to answer, but it is probably linked to the launchers.
Russia has 160 Iskander missile launchers in service. Most of them are modified with a paired missile compartment. In other words, by this indicator alone, the Russian forces are short of missiles in terms of the total number of launchers and their ammunition.
At the same time, in the combat zone in Ukraine, the Russian occupation forces have at their disposal 45 to 50 Iskander missile launchers, which means that, at a minimum, they should have a stockpile of 100 missiles.
Of course, someone may say that it is not necessary that a launching facility should have a warhead and somewhere in the Kaliningrad region or Vladivostok the launchers are empty and this is true. But this is wrong and such a missile system is more complicated than Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3, taking into account the calculation of ammunition. Therefore, most of them should always be combat-ready.
From all of the above, everyone will draw a conclusion for themselves. I have only given figures and comparisons, as well as brought some expanded information, so that people stopped being in panic hysteria, and others fell into even greater depression. Everyone chooses for himself in what attitude to meet the winter.